(Washington, DC) – Former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and former Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), Co-chairs of Natural Allies for a Clean Energy Future Leadership Council, released the following statement:
“We commend U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and the Biden Administration on their recent announcement recognizing that natural gas and its infrastructure can play an important role as part of the clean energy transition. Natural gas is a vital partner to renewable energy, and expanding its use domestically and globally can help us significantly reduce carbon emissions to meet our climate goals. Natural gas provides the low-carbon and reliable foundational energy solution that’s necessary to power the economies of the world as we scale up renewables.
We applaud the Biden Administration’s acknowledgement that adequate pipeline and transmission capacity is critical to maintaining energy reliability, availability, and security. Further, permitting reform is necessary for both renewables and pipeline infrastructure alike to meet our reliability, affordability, and climate challenges, as Jason Grumet of the American Clean Power Association acknowledged recently.
The Energy Secretary’s support of the Mountain Valley Pipeline signals a critical step forward in expanding and utilizing natural gas to provide stability to the U.S. energy system, while advancing the infrastructure needed to transport zero carbon fuels of the future like hydrogen to decarbonize our grid even further. Together, natural gas alongside renewable energies, will strengthen American energy security and independence.”
About Natural Allies for a Clean Energy Future
Natural Allies is a 501c4 not for profit organization that seeks to better inform the public and policy makers about why natural gas is best partnered with renewable power sources to accelerate our clean energy goals. Among the industry leaders supporting Natural Allies for a Clean Energy Future are: The Williams Companies, Kinder Morgan, TC Energy, EQT, National Fuel Gas, Enbridge Inc., Quanta Services, Inc., the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, International Union of Operating Engineers, Pipe Line Contractors Association, American Pipeline Contractors Association, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the INGAA Foundation. To learn more visit: naturalalliesforcleanenergy.org.