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IssuesUpdate: Ohio Oil & Gas Association
Appalachian Basin are nearing completion.
If they are not completed, everything will
continue to back up, which will hurt both
producers and consumers. "
Hammond notes that Biden's priorities
have added urgency to OOGA's efforts
to help policymakers and the public connect the mental dots between infrastructure
and well-functioning energy markets.
" That has been on our minds ever
since Biden was elected, " he relates.
" How do we better educate and enhance
our engagement at the federal level? We
are talking through that and trying to
figure out how to help our congressional
delegation and other key stakeholders
understand that policy matters.
" It matters when new pipeline projects
cannot obtain permits, or when pipelines
already under construction have their existing permits pulled, " Hammond continues. " Those decisions can have serious
detrimental impacts both on the industry
and Americans' daily lives. OOGA needs
to significantly ramp up its efforts to educate people so they can become thirdparty advocates for the industry. "

The core problem, he assesses, seems
to be many people are convinced fossil
fuels are readily replaceable with alternatives that are both environmentally benign and affordable. " The people who
are saying 'keep it in the ground' fail to
realize the alternative is not readily available, " Hammond says. " Obviously it
would devastate the economy to go without
adequate energy. "
The Industry's Importance
Levengood emphasizes the direct link
between a modern, prosperous standard
of living and abundant energy, and laments
that many who demonize fossil fuels assume their benefits can be duplicated
without comparable environmental costs.
On the contrary, he notes, from rare earth
minerals to extensive surface disturbance,
favored " green " sources also entail significant tradeoffs. When considered in
the fullest context, he suggests, fossil
fuels remain the best choice.
" It is a pipe dream to claim fossil
fuels can be easily replaced, " he insists.
" People who say they can are doing the

public a disservice. That is why it is so
wrong for politicians to talk about setting
arbitrary dates at which point all fossil
fuels must be replaced with renewables.
Proposals such as the 'Green New Deal'
are based on fear, while the courage to
create realistic energy policy really is a
better basis for decisions. "
Moreover, Hammond points out, an
accurate understanding of the country's
energy options also must account for
considerable strides the industry has
made-often voluntarily-toward lessening
its environmental footprint. As an example,
he cites information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Information Administration showing
that methane emissions from five of the
largest U.S. producing regions fell nearly
70% between 2011 and 2019.
" It is hard to make a scientific case
the industry needs to be phased out, " he
assesses. " That means we need to do a
better job of making policymakers and
other stakeholders realize we are a part
of the solution, not the problem. "
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