Pipelines: The arteries of America’s energy
Most Americans don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how their energy gets to them—how their gasoline got to the pump or the natural gas supplying their electricity got to their provider. And, frankly, that’s a good thing because it means our energy transport systems are doing their jobs.
Pipelines are all around us:
- The U.S. has the largest network of pipelines in the world with 2.6 million miles stretching across the country.
- According to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, pipeline systems are the safest means to move oil and gas products.
- Pipelines deliver over 680 billion gallons of energy products annually.
- The U.S. natural gas pipeline network connects to 68 million households and more than five million commercial enterprises.
That’s why it’s so disappointing that the Biden EPA recently rolled back common-sense regulations that will allow states and other local entities to politicize the pipeline permitting process in attempts to block construction of important infrastructure.
Pipelines are safe, effective and we need them. They create good-paying local jobs and economic activity. And most importantly they reliably bring us the fuel we need to fill our gas tanks, heat our homes, and keep our lights on. What we don’t need is green-at-any-cost local bureaucrats blocking our energy supplies and driving up prices, just to further a politicized agenda.
For more information about how pipelines keep American energy flowing, check out TEA’s Common Sense Energy Agenda.