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It’s All Within Reach


Categorized in: Hydraulic Fracturing, Maryland, Natural Gas

Clean and safe natural gas production is finally within reach for Western Maryland—and all of the benefits that come with it.

Here’s the catch. Our lawmakers are under pressure from anti-energy groups to ban natural gas production in our state. If they succeed, we will never realize the jobs and economic benefits that Maryland energy development promises.

We can take a stand for the future of Maryland natural gas development, but we have to work together. That’s why we’re starting out by arming local Energy Citizens with the facts.

Download our Maryland Natural Gas fact sheet so you can begin discussing the benefits of natural gas with your friends, family, and social networks. And share it with others!

Here’s a little of what you’ll find:

1. Savings—Locally produced natural gas will help make heating and electricity more affordable for Maryland households, schools, businesses, hospitals, and others.

2. Jobs and Economic Growth – Western Maryland natural gas production will create thousands of good paying Maryland jobs, add hundreds of million more dollars to the state’s economy, and generate millions of dollars in public revenues to improve schools and government services.

3. Environmental Progress—Economic growth and clean air go hand in hand because of natural gas. We have already lowered carbon emissions to 25-year lows, and Baltimore, in particular, has seen huge improvements in air quality.

4. Safety—Natural gas production, through hydraulic fracturing, has a proven safety record and Maryland will have the strictest set of regulations in the country.

As soon as Maryland lawmakers turn to this issue, we’ll be asking you to raise your voices. Keep an eye out for more information from us in the meantime.

Oppose the Energy Ban


Categorized in: Florida, Florida, Hydraulic Fracturing, Natural Gas

Here is one of many reasons Florida depends on affordable American energy: Our families save an average of $1,300 on energy costs every year.

But now politicians in Tallahassee are under pressure from anti-energy groups to ban hydraulic fracturing in our state. This would set a terrible precedent that could impact the availability of affordable oil and natural gas for all Florida families and businesses.

Let’s Tell Florida Lawmakers: No Energy Ban! 

We must take a stand for the benefits of fracking and American energy…

1. Savings—American energy helps make heating and electricity more affordable for Florida households, schools, businesses, hospitals, and others.

2. Jobs and Economic Growth—Energy development supports 286,000 Florida jobs and contributes more than $23 billion to the state’s economy.

3. Environmental Progress—Economic growth and clean air go hand in hand because of natural gas developed via fracking. Our nation has already lowered carbon emissions to 25-year lows.

4. Safety—Fracking must comply with strict regulations, and it has a proven safety record.

It’s critical that we raise our voices to defend Florida energy savings, jobs, and environmental progress!

URGENT ACTION VIRGINIA: Oppose Anti-Energy Amendments


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Jobs, Virginia

Governor McAuliffe and anti-energy agitators are pushing burdensome new regulations in the state legislature that are meant to stop Virginia energy development. They would add new layers of red tape and regulation, resulting in economic harm, lost jobs, and even higher energy costs.

Because this issue is advancing fast, please email your Virginia Senator now.

We must oppose the loud voices of radical anti-energy activists who are pushing their agenda in Richmond. It’s critical that Virginia Energy Citizens stand up for local energy development.

We must oppose the loud voices of radical anti-energy activists who are pushing their agenda in Richmond. It’s critical that our industry workforce stand up for safe energy development here in Virginia.

Energy Infrastructure for Michigan Manufacturing


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Jobs, Michigan, Natural Gas

To grow our economy and maintain our quality of life, we need to ensure that energy supplies can reach us reliably and affordably well into the future. That’s why it’s critical that Michiganders recognize the need for current and expanded energy infrastructure.

Michigan’s Antrim Shale is the source of some of our oil and natural gas, but ultimately we must bring in most of our energy from other areas. We are an intensive user of energy, not only because of our cold winters, but also because of our strong manufacturing sector.

Every business needs power—and for some businesses, the price of energy can be the difference between success and failure. Auto, chemical, glass, and paper manufacturing—all strong industries in Michigan—use a lot of power. For these industries to continue thriving, they need dependable fuel supplies made possible by sufficient energy infrastructure.

In addition, chemical manufacturing depends on natural gas and petroleum products as building blocks. Without adequate energy infrastructure, we could see chemical companies looking at expansion opportunities—out of state.

The elections, as well as post-election discussions, have brought renewed focus on the need to invest in our nation’s infrastructure. This year, we’re likely to see increased federal support for building and improving roads, bridges, airports, and rail. Pipelines and other energy infrastructure should also be on the table.

Energy infrastructure investment will come from the private sector—so no taxpayer dollars will be needed. But for these projects to move forward, we need the support of local, state, and federal officials. The engaged voices of Michigan Energy Citizens can help make it happen.

Why Pennsylvania Needs Expanded Energy Infrastructure


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Pennsylvania

Shale gas is doing great things for Pennsylvania, including creating jobs and leading to a resurgence in manufacturing here, but the US energy renaissance can do even more for our commonwealth.

The Cranberry Eagle reports on a recent conference that discussed the shale gas industry’s potential. Jeremy Zeman, Manager Commercial Development at Williams Companies discussed the challenges facing the industry right now:

He said 3,300 miles of shale gas pipeline exists in the state, which is a significant increase since 2010. But more is needed.

“A major amount of supply is coming out of this region…. Today, 25 to 30 percent of Marcellus shale wells have no pipeline connected to them,” Zeman said.

Furthermore, Mr. Zeman pointed out that all of Pennsylvania would benefit from additional infrastructure that moves shale gas from the well to the processing plant and then to the market. Not only will these infrastructure projects spur growth in the shale industry, they will also have direct benefits for workers:

Bob Wilds, director of pipeline operations at the International Union of Operating Engineers, said pipelines for shale gas have been a boon to the heavy equipment operators and mechanics who are members of the union.

It’s time for Pennsylvania to embrace new pipelines and other infrastructure to support development of our energy resources. Energy Citizens should make sure that this is a top priority in Harrisburg for 2017.

Energy and Infrastructure Are Key Building Blocks for Minnesota’s Economy


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Minnesota

Though Minnesota is not among key energy-producing states, the state’s economy and way of life rely heavily on energy supplies for power and as building blocks for essential materials and products.

To grow our economy and maintain our quality of life, we need to ensure that energy supplies can reach us dependably and affordably. That’s why it’s critical that Minnesotans recognize the need to build new and expanded energy infrastructure.

Two-thirds of Minnesotans homes are heated with natural gas. But the largest user of natural gas in the state is our industrial sector, including food, chemical, and building material manufacturers.

Natural gas is also a fundamental component for agriculture. It is a building block for fertilizer manufacturing, and grain drying depends on natural gas. Without access to affordable natural gas, leading Minnesota companies such as Cargill, General Mills, and 3M—not to mention many smaller companies—would face significant challenges.

Minnesota also serves as an important transportation hub—for fuel, people, and products. The St. Paul Park Refinery and the Pine Bend Refinery both produce gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel used in the state and shipped throughout the Midwest. These fuels help keep barges on the Mississippi operating and planes flying to and from MSP. But these refineries and their customers rely on energy infrastructure to keep raw materials and finished fuel products flowing.

The elections, as well as post-election discussions, have brought renewed focus on the need to invest in our nation’s infrastructure. This year, we’re likely to see increased federal support for building and improving roads, bridges, airports, and rail. Pipelines and other energy infrastructure should also be on the table.

Investment in energy infrastructure projects like pipelines will come from the private sector—so no taxpayer dollars will be needed. But for these projects to move forward, we need the support of local, state, and federal officials. The supportive voices of Minnesota Energy Citizens can help make it happen.

The Problems with the Ethanol Mandate


Categorized in: Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, New England, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, RFS, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

It has been ten years since Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates the use of biofuels such as ethanol. Rep. Billy Long of Missouri has an excellent op-ed examining the ways this legislation failed to live up to expectations:

Despite their pure intentions, 2007 policymakers’ economic predictions have proven inaccurate and the overall program has fallen short. Concerns over gasoline usage decline have taken priority over those of inflated fuel demands, and innovations of new cellulosic biofuels has come more sluggishly than hoped. The Environmental Protection Agency has continuously adjusted the mandated fuel additive volumes downward in light of lower demands. 

So while dependence on foreign oil sources declined as hoped, RFS cannot claim credit. Also, experts like those from the National Academy of Sciences, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Congressional Budget Office cannot conclude that renewable fuels have delivered on lessened greenhouse gases. 

As Rep. Long points out, the RFS has not worked as predicted. In fact, its ethanol mandate could cause significant problems for consumers.

It is good to see growing bipartisan support in Congress to address these issues. One bill, HR 5180, would cap the amount of ethanol that must be blended into our fuel. This legislation is a good start to begin fixing this flawed mandate. Have you asked your member of Congress to support it?

Boaters Want the Ethanol Mandate Fixed


Categorized in: RFS, Virginia

Are you ready for more ethanol in our fuel?

Thanks to the EPA’s decision on the Renewable Fuel Standard, we could soon see fuel with ethanol blends over 10%. That could pose a lot of trouble for many consumers. As Bill Cochran reports in the Roanoke Times, boat owners are especially upset over this:

The Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS) has delivered 24,000 comments from recreational boaters to EPA headquarters in Washington urging the agency to stop adding more ethanol to the nation’s gasoline supply. Ten percent ethanol blends are common, and federal officials are considering 15 percent. Most new outboard engines are designed to operate on up to 10 percent ethanol. More than that can damage engines.

While the EPA is no longer taking comments on its ethanol decision, members of Congress have introduced legislation that would fix this problem. HR 5180 is supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. This bill would cap the amount of ethanol that must be blended into our fuel. Energy Citizens should make sure that every member of the Virginia congressional delegation supports this much-needed bill.

It would be a cold winter without energy infrastructure


Categorized in: Illinois, Infrastructure

Now that the full weight of winter is upon us, energy infrastructure is our lifeline to heating our homes and workplaces. This same infrastructure also ensures safe and comfortable travels by keeping our roads and highways clear of snow and ice and our airports open for business.

In Illinois, where 80 percent of households depend on natural gas as their main space heating fuel, pipelines keep the energy flowing. During the cold months, our state uses 44 percent more energy per home than the U.S. average.

Investing in pipelines, rail lines, storage facilities and other components of our energy infrastructure will ensure that we have the energy needed to make it through the cold months. And those investments will provide jobs and tax revenues. Pipeline investments needed over the next few years could create over 198,000 new jobs in our region.

We might not be able to influence the temperature in the winter, but we can prepare for it by making sure our energy infrastructure is up to the task of keeping us supplied with fuel. As a new year begins, join Energy Citizens to support the commonsense policies that pave the way for infrastructure investment.

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Stop Indiana Ethanol Bill


Categorized in: E15, Indiana, National

Once again, a bill has been introduced in the Indiana legislature that would encourage more ethanol in our fuel supply than is good for most drivers and consumers. We need your help to stop it.

Tell Your Representative to VOTE NO on HB 1277.

HB 1277 would promote the use of E15 or fuels with even higher levels of ethanol. This kind of misguided plan ignores the reams of evidence that show that too much ethanol is potentially bad for family budgets, the economy, and it could harm the engines of millions of cars on the road today – including yours.

Indiana Energy Citizens helped stop last year’s legislation by speaking out to lawmakers in Indianapolis, telling them to stand up against a similar bill. We need to do the same thing now.

Will you send a letter to your representative today?