Don’t let protectionism strangle America’s energy renaissance

Lou Pugliaresi writes an Op-Ed for The Hill on December 23, 2013.

The North American energy renaissance is a remarkable achievement of innovation and risk taking.  Continued improvements in production technology have generated enormous growth in U.S. natural gas production, contributing to greater employment, savings in consumer budgets, a manufacturing revival and reduced emissions of greenhouse gases. 

One would think that capturing the benefits of this good news would be embraced by both the administration and the business community.  Guess again.

A lobbying group called “America’s Energy Advantage,” led by petrochemical producer Dow Chemical and steelmaker Nucor, is seeking to restrict competition for natural gas in a misguided effort to protect their market share.

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