Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Secretary of Energy Discussed Natural Gas Emissions, Safety, and Exports

On August 26, 2013, United States Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz discussed the Obama Administration's June 25, 2013, Climate Action Plan at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy. Dr. Moniz called natural gas a "bridge to the future," as it has helped the United States reduce its carbon emissions. The Secretary noted that the reduced price of natural gas has decreased carbon emissions because some power plants have switched to burning natural gas to generate electricity.

Dr. Moniz stated that all of the safety issues related to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas had "clear solutions" and were "manageable." Additionally, the Secretary called for the "consistent application of best standards through regulatory and other approaches" to manage those safety concerns. The Secretary did note his concern that unconventional gas production was becoming increasingly vulnerable to the decreasing availability of water in some areas of the United States.

Lastly, Dr. Moniz discussed the natural gas export licensure process, which differs depending on whether an importing country is in a free trade agreement with the United States. The Secretary further stated that the application process is a public process where each application is evaluated for its impact on the public interest and economy.

A video of the speech may be found at:

The June 25, 2013, Climate Action Plan is available at:

Tom Panighetti

August 27, 2013

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