Regina Hopper, President and CEO of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), released this statement in response to the Second Presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
"We are pleased to see that President Obama and Governor Romney agree that increasing America's use of clean, abundant natural gas will be an important component of any forward looking energy policy. Safe and responsible development of this domestic resource is occurring every day across our nation and by using more natural gas, we do not have to choose between meeting our nation's energy demands and protecting our environment.
"The Energy Information Administration recently reported that increased natural gas use has contributed to carbon emissions that have hit their lowest level since 1992. Natural gas also creates lower emissions of conventional pollutants than the primary alternatives in the transportation and electricity sectors. Meanwhile, a study from IHS Global Insight concluded that shale gas development will support 1.6 million jobs by 2035 and save the average American household $926 annually.
"With so many benefits for our economy and our environment, natural gas can provide a boost to our entire nation, regardless of political affiliation."