AGA Touts Gas to Gore, Bush
The American Gas Association (AGA) has called on presidential
hopefuls Al Gore and George W. Bush to focus on developing a
"balanced, long-term, market-based energy policy" that would
prominently feature natural gas.
In letters to both candidates that were published last week, AGA
President David N. Parker said "natural gas must be the centerpiece
of a rational, national energy policy." He forwarded to both Gore
and Bush a copy of an American Gas Foundation study that projects
U.S. gas demand will increase 60% by 2020, potentially cutting
imports of foreign crude oil by 4.6 million barrels a day and
reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 930 million tons a year.
"To achieve those ends, policy-makers must focus on addressing
domestic production, improving the regulatory structure and energy
efficiency policies, expanding our energy infrastructure, and
supporting implementation of new natural gas technologies that
would improve national energy efficiency and reliability, such as
distributed generation, fuel cells and natural gas vehicles,"
He also applauded both candidates for supporting increased
funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
this coming winter. AGA had called on Congress to approve
additional funding for the program for fiscal year 2001 before it
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