More natural gas exploration could help consumers, CA member tells congress.
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).
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|Date:||Jun 22, 2002|
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