In late August, API Colorado released new polling data showing:
- Six in 10 Pennsylvania voters would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports access to natural gas and oil produced in the U.S. A plurality of Democrats, Independents and Republicans agree
- 93 percent find that it is important for the U.S. to produce enough energy to avoid being dependent on other countries
- 92 percent believe keeping energy and gasoline prices affordable is important.
- 80 percent recognize the value that natural gas and oil provide to their personal life.
- 90 percent of voters believe it is important to keep energy and gasoline prices affordable.
- 66 percent believe that natural gas and oil will be a significant part of America’s energy needs in 2040, including 70 percent of Independents.
- 58 percent believe the natural gas and oil industry will have an important role in helping the economy recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
- 79 percent support Congress taking an all-the-above approach to achieve energy self-sufficiency and ensure the U.S. is not reliant on foreign sources of energy.
“As the second largest natural gas producer in the country, Pennsylvania is at the forefront of America’s energy debate,” API Pennsylvania Executive Director Stephanie Catarino Wissman said. “Voters in this important swing state will support candidates who want to grow, rather than hinder, U.S. energy leadership and ensure Pennsylvania families continue to have access to affordable, reliable energy. Policies to restrict development and jeopardize good-paying jobs in our industry – including many union jobs – are out of step with the priorities of Pennsylvania voters and would turn back the clock on U.S. energy progress.”
A new analysis prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) outlines how the U.S. natural gas and oil industry is a key economic driver in Pennsylvania, supporting nearly a half a million jobs and contributing more than $78 billion to the state’s economy in 2018. The study demonstrates how the industry will play a critical role in the state’s economic recovery.