(Washington) – Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, member of the Natural Allies for a Clean Energy Future Leadership Council, released the following statement urging the Biden Administration to prioritize U.S. LNG exports to cut global emissions:
“As President Biden wraps up a visit to Allentown, Pennsylvania, it’s important to highlight how states like Pennsylvania can play a key role in the efforts to fight climate change by moving natural gas abroad to displace global coal. Moving independently certified, responsibly sourced U.S. LNG from Pennsylvania to nations overseas can cut emissions from coal power plants in half, just as we did here in the United States. Developing nations want to replicate those successes, but need stable supplies they can count on – and without natural gas, they default to coal, making our climate challenges even worse. The domestic infrastructure necessary to move natural gas where it’s needed must be prioritized as part of the global climate fight, which can increase American competitiveness in the world, enhance collective global security, and bring countless jobs to our area with reliable, affordable energy sourced right here from Pennsylvania.
The Biden Administration is already prioritizing our region for other clean energy projects too. Last fall, the greater Philadelphia area was selected as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2), part of President Biden’s historic Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) that is strengthening America’s domestic manufacturing base, finding ways to decarbonize our economy, and create new jobs and economic opportunities. Projects like this are a testament to the expansive opportunities for economic growth in this region of the country.
We believe natural gas working with renewable energy and other cleantech solutions is the best pathway forward for our nation. U.S. LNG is a large part of cutting global emissions as quickly as possible, while supporting job growth at home. We can be both pro-climate and pro-natural gas, with Pennsylvania ready to play a key role in our energy future.”
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., Solar Turbines a Caterpillar Company, National Association of Manufacturers, 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), INGAA Foundation and American Public Gas Association (APGA). To learn more visit: naturalalliesforcleanenergy.org.