Biden Needs the Natural Gas Industry to Reach Green Energy Goals

Biden Needs the Natural Gas Industry to Reach Green Energy Goals

April 23, 2021

President Biden continues to show how out of touch he is with the United States energy industry. For Earth Day, President Biden announced a goal to reduce U.S. emissions to at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. A goal some energy analysts believe is unrealistic and will most definitely hurt the American people in the process.

Pennsylvania energy leaders and allies addressed in a letter to President Biden Wednesday, how using the natural gas industry is Biden’s best shot at getting close to his energy goals and more importantly continuing to keep the U.S. economy growing.

“The workers and local small businesses driving the economy and helping to build America back are essential to a low-carbon future which cannot be achieved without an affordable and reliable source of clean energy,” they wrote. “Natural gas is, and should continue to be, the key to our country’s environmental progress.”

Myron Ebell, Director of the Center for Energy & Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute discussed how unrealistic President Biden’s energy goals are. Potentially leading to blackouts across the country and relying more on foreign energy.

“The Biden-Harris administration’s reported second-round commitment under the unratified Paris climate treaty is preposterous and irresponsible. Trying to cut greenhouse gas emissions by fifty percent below 2005 levels by 2030 would cause energy prices to skyrocket, make blackouts a common occurrence, and lead to widespread energy poverty.”

Last summer, we saw firsthand how blackouts drastically affected California residents. Biden’s new proposed emissions goal will intensify those issues on a national scale.

Communities across the country rely on the oil and gas industry for their livelihoods and local economies. According to a study from PricewaterhouseCoopers and The American Petroleum Institute, the U.S. oil and gas industry supports 10.3 million jobs, with workers making an average salary of $101,181. This is a huge sector of the U.S. economy and workforce that we need to prop up and keep around.