ANGA Statement on MIT's 'Future of Gas' Report

Jun 25, 2010, 12:06 ET from America's Natural Gas Alliance

WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Background: America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) President and CEO Regina Hopper issued the following statement on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's "Future of Gas" interim report. The study, due to be finalized later this year, highlights the abundance of natural gas and the national security and environmental benefits tied to using natural gas for electricity generation and transportation. It also predicts that natural gas will "assume an increasing share of the U.S. energy mix over the next several decades."

"The MIT researchers recognize that natural gas has significant potential to cut emissions from power plants and ease our dependence on foreign oil.  Additionally, they make an important contribution by raising awareness of the importance of this domestic resource.

"As the report notes, greater use of our nation's vast domestic supplies of natural gas for power generation can cut carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by 10 percent in the near term and lead to reductions in other pollutants such as mercury.  These findings make a compelling and timely argument for a greater role for natural gas in our nation's clean energy future. We also support the report's recommendation that the U.S. remove regulatory and policy barriers to the development of natural gas as a transportation fuel.

"We hope that policymakers will read and consider the report's recommendation for greater use of natural gas as they develop plans to help our country move to a secure, economically beneficial and cleaner way of using energy."

America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) represents 34 of North America's leading independent natural gas exploration and production companies. ANGA members are dedicated to increasing the appreciation of the environmental, economic and national security benefits of clean, abundant, North American natural gas. Learn more about ANGA at

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