Hydrocarbons: powering climate activism since the 80s - TEA



Hydrocarbons: powering climate activism since the 80s

October 6th, 2023

Recognizing the need to promote natural gas as a green and clean energy source in all appropriate applications. This is step 5 in TEA’s Common Sense Energy Agenda.

Why it matters:

Thanks to natural gas, the United States is the world leader in CO2 reductions and Americans enjoy air quality that is nearly 80% cleaner than in 1970. With nearly a century of clean, affordable, reliable natural gas in reserve, imagine this incredible fuel usage enhanced in our transportation industry, heating our homes and producing more electricity.

Our already clean environment would improve and, more importantly, Americans would enjoy lower cost of energy — from fueling our vehicles to lowering our food bills and a lower cost of living. Our economy would boom with high paying American jobs and our nation would be safer because of energy independence.

Natural gas and oil are used to manufacture over 6,000 everyday products in your home.

  • Households that use natural gas for heating, cooking and other appliances save an average $1,068 per year compared to homes using electricity.
  • It is used by 180 million Americans and 5.5 million in business and industry.
  • Natural gas is increasingly used as a transportation fuel — especially to power the fleets of vehicles that will deliver your holiday packages.
  • Winter has long been considered the peak season for natural gas use. Over the past 12 months that was confirmed, while at the same time we saw a new record for summer usage.

This piece accurately reflects TEA’s belief in clean, affordable, reliable energy.

Bottom Line: Natural gas helps improve our environment, while also providing high paying jobs and low-cost energy for Americans. Gas is a Clean, Affordable, Reliable Energy Source – it CARES!

The issue: 

The Green Movement is actually powered by natural gas and oil. It’s the dirty little secret that they don’t want to admit. Yet, we see it carried out repeatedly.

Why it matters: President Biden and his staff (namely climate czar John Kerry and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm) repeatedly treat the fossil fuel industry as Public Enemy Number One. The result of their war on American energy has clear results: Higher energy prices.

The U.S. produces the safest, cleanest, most efficient natural gas and oil products in the world. That’s why we should lead by example.

  • Instead, Biden banned U.S. officials from going to energy conferences that promote natural gas and oil. Russia and China are celebrating.
  • Meanwhile, the administration said energy companies would be able to drill in just three new areas in the Gulf between 2024 and 2029.
  • That’s the smallest number of lease sales offered since the federal drilling program began decades ago.

To paraphrase a classic line from A Few Good Men: “They don’t want the truth because deep down in places they don’t talk about at parties, they want fossil fuels in our homes and industries. They need fossil fuels … to power this nation and keep it safe.”

  • A $4 billion Kansas electric battery factory will require so much energy that it needs a coal plant to power it.
  • The situation reflects an often ignored fact about EVs — they require enormous amounts of energy to produce.
  • Closing coal- and gas-fired power plants and limiting natural gas and oil transportation won’t help that cause.

Bottom Line: Whether it’s an EV battery plant that’s powered by coal or a Biden official flying to a climate conference in a jet, the green movement is made possible by hydrocarbons. That’s the reality they don’t want to admit.

Current gas prices in the United States are a tale of two cities. Depending on where you live, you could be paying upwards of $5 per gallon, or less than $3.30. The price disparity is largely by region, with states west of Texas generally seeing prices north of $4. The current national average for a gallon of gasoline is $3.74, down 8 cents from last Friday. Georgia drivers are currently paying the least in the entire nation, with an average price of $3.20 per gallon.

House Natural Resources Hearing: On Wednesday, October 11, the House Natural Resources Committee will have a Full Committee Member Day hearing.

“The Biden administration cannot continue to treat the fossil fuels industry as an enemy. Millions of people are employed in this industry which powers our entire nation, our military, our national security, and allows Joe Biden to jet off every weekend to his beach house.” 

— Daniel Turner,
Founder and Executive Director of Power the Future