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the significant economic and environmental benefits of natural gas. Increased
use of natural gas has played a key role in lowering U.S.
carbon emissions from the power sector. Natural gas is cleaner-burning than
coal, and is domestically available in shale formations from the Permian in
Texas to the Marcellus in Pennsylvania. The
natural gas and oil industry supports more than 10
million jobs each year. Furthermore, oil and gas leases alone generated
$1.1 billion of revenue for states in 2018. The benefits go on and on.
gas also provides royalties to mineral owners.
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Senator Bernie Sanders – seeking the Democratic nomination
for president – in recent days has introduced legislation that would ban
fracking and has reportedly drafted an executive order to ban
oil exports when he becomes president.
As we have noted previously, such proposals are
short-sighted to American economic and geopolitical security. Energy exports
are major job drivers at home, bolster the global energy market, and protect
national security, especially in light of unrest and unpredictability in the
Just as a Democrat has cautioned Senator Sanders not to oppose
a pipeline in Minnesota, they are warning him about …