Experts from labor, industry and government said at a recent event hosted by America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) that greater investment in energy infrastructure would result in economic growth, jobs and access to clean and affordable energy for millions of American consumers.
During the Infrastructure Week event, “The Next Infrastructure Challenge: Connecting to a Clean, Reliable, Affordable Energy Future,” Washington, panelists discussed the importance of investing in and modernizing America’s energy infrastructure and the role of innovative partnerships and private capital investments in pipeline development. They also advocated for regulatory policies that speed the permitting process at the federal, state and local levels and discussed the impact of pipelines on jobs and America’s economy.
“We can create ladders of opportunity to middle class, specifically through construction and direct investment by the energy industry, for folks who have traditionally been left behind,” said Sean McGarvey, president, North America’s Building Trades Unions, during the event.
The issue has gotten new-found attention in Washington and nationwide as potential pipeline projects are bringing new opportunities for communities to take advantage of the environmental and economic benefits natural gas offers. May 21, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was scheduled to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Energy and Power Subcommittee on the Department of Energy‘s (DOE) Quadrennial Energy Review, which focuses on energy infrastructure.
“The Quadrennial Energy Review correctly identified the need for America’s energy infrastructure to keep pace with growing demand,” said Marty Durbin, ANGA’s president and CEO. “As policymakers consider ways to improve the efficiency of project approval, they should know that industry, labor and energy experts are united in calling for policies that remove delays and provide greater certainty while maintaining robust public and stakeholder input.”
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