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," Parker wrote.

He also applauded both candidates for their support of increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this coming winter. AGA has urged Congress to approve additional funding for the program for fiscal year 2001 before it adjourns, Parker said.

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