Ohio is Red, Gas is Blue, and Green too!
Your Weekly Dose of “Common Sense” Energy News
Presented by: The Empowerment Alliance
January 13th, 2023
- American natural gas is the world’s most affordable, reliable, safe, green, and clean energy. America’s energy independence and national security depends on it.
- Average cost of wholesale natural gas in the US is at record high.
- Kentucky the latest state to fight back against ESG policies
- Speaker McCarthy begins his duties to expose the Biden Administration’s inflationary energy policies.
- Western states no longer under ‘exceptional drought’ conditions.
- President Biden’s climate agenda lacks workers.
It’s time to celebrate!
A historic victory was secured in Ohio in late December with the passage of House Bill 507 designating natural gas as green energy. This follows Rep. Troy Balderson’s resolution in Congress last summer with a similar designation.
We applaud the Ohio legislature for taking the ground-breaking step of declaring natural gas a source of clean energy. Gov. Mike DeWine followed by signing the measure into law last Friday afternoon.
What’s the significance?
First, it is a tremendous win for Ohio’s energy consumers while also serving as a catalyst to spur economic growth in the Buckeye State. In that state 9 county commissions also have adopted Natural Gas is Green resolutions over the past several months.
They obviously agree that natural gas is the only energy source that is environmentally sound, while capable of powering our economy and securing America’s energy independence.
A few facts to support that premise:
- Since 2005, natural gas power plants have been the number one driver of lower emissions.
- In Ohio, natural gas has already reduced carbon emissions from power generation by nearly one-third.
- The state was the seventh largest producer of natural gas in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
States like Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia are top energy producing states. They should follow suit, encouraging their local and state lawmakers to enact similar legislation.
While Ohio is the first state to recognize natural gas as green energy, TEA is hopeful similar proposals in nearby industrial states will take root. We also want to make a statement to the Biden administration that local and state government leaders (Republicans, Democrats and Independents) support natural gas and realize its importance to our economy and the environment. This victory marks the beginning and it clearly shows the power of unity versus division in the political arena.
TEA’s eight-point common sense energy agenda is a step-by-step guide on how to achieve energy independence with American natural gas.
Bottom Line: The recent Ohio legislation shows that, without a doubt, natural gas is affordable, abundant, reliable, CLEAN and GREEN energy. Let’s mobilize to get more states to follow suit this year.
Unelected, federal bureaucrats again are making unilateral decisions for American consumers. In the latest case, a safety agency is considering implementing a ban on gas stoves. It’s another example of greenwashing tactics by the far left.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is set to open public comment on the dangers of gas stoves sometime this winter. The commission could set standards on emissions from the gas stoves, or even look to ban the manufacture or import of the appliances, commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. told Bloomberg News.
Two members of Congress are already preparing to fight such a ban. Kudos to Bill Huizenga of Michigan and Alex Mooney of West Virginia for introducing the HR 263, The STOVE Act.
Keep in mind:
- Forty percent of households use natural gas stoves for cooking their meals.
- The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers argues that cooking produces harmful emissions regardless of the kind of stove used. Ventilation, the group says, is the key to better indoor air quality.
- Gas stoves are clean, reliable and efficient.
- Households that use natural gas for heating, cooking and other appliances save an average $879 per year compared to homes using electricity for such appliances, a study shows.
In a related matter, one of our Declaration of Energy Independence signers, US Rep. Debbie Lesko weighed in on consumer choice in Arizona with this guest column. Her message is spot on and we applaud Rep. Lesko for her stand noting that her state is benefitting from an all-of-the-above energy approach that has kept energy both reliable and affordable for consumers.
Attacks on natural gas will only increase as the “green-at-all-costs” movement is emboldened by the Biden administration. Their plan is to push electric vehicles as well as solar- and wind-powered energy into our homes and businesses. Remember, these are unelected officials appointed by President Biden who are making these decisions. It’s Big Brother at its worst, telling people what type of stove is best to prepare their family’s food.
Bottom Line: A war is being waged against natural gas intended to diminish the value of the cheap, reliable, clean energy that it provides. The victims are business owners, fixed income seniors and everyone else who has to be cash conscious.
Gas prices didn’t move much over the past week, with the national average remaining at $3.29 per gallon.
As of today, there is only one state where the average price of gasoline is over $4, and that’s (you guessed it) California. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are 10 states with an average under $3, all located in close proximity to our nation’s leading oil and gas producer, Texas!
FERC Open Meeting: On Thursday, January 19, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold an Open Meeting of the Commission.
— Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH) in a recent op-ed
TAKE ACTION FOR YOURSELF & YOUR FAMILY’S LIVELIHOOD
The “green-at-all-costs” movement wants to ban your natural gas stove. We know that’s just the beginning of their fight to restrict your energy choices.
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