Denying energy infrastructure does no good

ERICA CLAYTON WRIGHT

Pittsburgh

An investment in our nation’s energy infrastructure is an investment in a more secure future. Pipelines – the safest, most efficient means of delivering critical fuels – are a catalyst for growth, as businesses need a reliable supply of energy to expand, add jobs and compete globally. Therefore our leaders should focus on and commit to policies that responsibly advance these critical pieces of infrastructure.

It’s deeply disappointing, as a Jan. 14th editorial correctly notes, that Maryland officials rejected a pipeline to deliver Pennsylvania natural gas – along with its many economic and environmental benefits – to consumers in the region.

Denying new infrastructure does not eliminate the underlying motivation for these projects: The growing demand for affordable, reliable energy. Instead, such actions limit potential sources of energy, driving up consumer costs, stifling economic growth, and slowing environmental progress.

When anti-energy “Keep It In the Ground” activists drive policy outcomes, our economy and working families feel the pain. Look no further than a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce report which tallies up the movement’s harm: $92 billion in domestic economic activity prevented; 730,000 job opportunities eliminated; and $20-plus billion in tax revenue missed out on by governments.

Commenting on the study, Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, said “the obstruction we’re seeing from activist groups is costing our members jobs and the entire country opportunities.” Mr. O’Sullivan is right. Families, small businesses and their environment should not be denied the benefits of American natural gas.

Local, abundant natural gas presents an incredible opportunity, but its potential can only be realized by safely modernizing and expanding our infrastructure network.

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