Printer Friendly

More natural gas exploration could help consumers, CA member tells congress.

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources' Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources heard in testimony from a Consumer Alert Advisory Council member that unnecessary restrictions on natural gas exploration hurt consumers. In his testimony on July 16, Glenn R. Schleede pointed to the increasingly important role that natural gas plays in meeting the nation's energy needs. Schleede argued that the competition for the available supplies of natural gas will increase, particularly for its use in electric generation, and this will lead to additional price increases for consumers.

He pointed out that other energy sources, such as coal, petroleum, nuclear, and hydropower are increasingly restricted. Alternative energy sources, such as wind power and solar, are limited in their application, heavily subsidized by taxpayer dollars, and present their own environmental problems.

In concluding his statement, Schleede identified several actions policymakers could take to limit adverse effects on consumers as the demand for natural gas increases:

* Recognize that oil and natural gas exploration and production can be carried out in an environmentally responsible manner.

* Remove unnecessary restrictions on oil and natural gas exploration and production, particularly on federally controlled lands and offshore platforms.

* Reduce any unnecessary barriers to the construction of gas pipelines so that capacity will be available to move gas from areas where it is available to markets.

* Encourage the Administration to lift tariffs on steel imports that are increasing the price of building pipelines.

* Encourage state and local governments to remove taxes and fees (including so-called "public benefit charges") from natural gas bills, particularly those that vary with the dollar amount of the bill. Such "percentage of bill" charges give consumers a double hit when gas prices rise (i.e., higher price for gas AND higher tax).
COPYRIGHT 2002 Consumer Alert
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2002, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Consumer Comments
Date:Jun 22, 2002
Words:290
Previous Article:Media highlights.
Next Article:CA's proposals for the UN Summit.


Related Articles
Partial deregulation of natural gas.
Pemex Shake-up.
Legislators Voice Pros, Cons of Great Lakes Pipeline.
Energizing Pemex: Mexico's oil chief outlines the future.
Gas contracts in Peril. (New Business).
Pemex takes stock. (Trade Talk).
Greenspan foresees lasting high prices for natural gas.
Does MSC stand for Mexico Sold Cheap? Controversial multiple service contracts in Burgos Basin whip legislators into nationalistic frenzy.
VENEZUELA - Gas Exports.
Lobbying for privatization.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |