Washington D.C. – May 23, 2013 – America’s Energy Advantage (AEA) today released a new public opinion survey showing the majority of U.S. voters believe the United States would see greater economic benefit from using natural gas to manufacture products, rather than simply exporting natural gas as a fuel. In order to secure those economic benefits, according to the survey, U.S. voters believe the government should be thoughtful and careful when considering exports of natural gas from the U.S. These data are consistent with results of a similar survey conducted using the same methodology last year, showing that public support for a balanced export policy remains strong. MWR Strategies conducted the survey of more than 1,000 registered voters from April 8-12, 2013 with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%. The complete results of the survey are available on www.americasenergyadvantage.org.
America’s Energy Advantage (AEA) is a group of businesses and organizations dedicated to helping to raise the awareness of the emerging renaissance in American manufacturing made possible by our country’s new abundant and affordable supplies of natural gas.
“The results of the survey make intuitive sense; The U.S. economy will receive greater benefit by using natural gas to power our manufacturing plants in order to create high value that we can then export to other countries, rather than simply exporting natural gas in its liquid form. Our expert economic impact study reached a very similar conclusion,” said Jennifer Diggins, Director, Public Affairs, Nucor Corporation.
“No matter how the question was phrased, respondents are concerned about the price of natural gas, which they use to heat their homes,” said Bert Kalisch, President and CEO of the American Public Gas Association. “The results of the survey are clear. For the sake of consumers of natural gas and the stability of the U.S. economy, we must not squander this economic advantage.”
“The poll shows that the public overwhelmingly believes that natural gas used here could contribute twice as much to the economy as simply exporting natural gas,” said Peter Huntsman, President and CEO of Huntsman. “My company is in the business of manufacturing high value products and we have made investments in the U.S. based on competitively priced natural gas.”
“We are in the early stages of a natural gas boom that could fuel our economy for generations,” said Kevin Kolevar, Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy at The Dow Chemical Company. “The survey results show that a great majority of the American public agrees with the members of AEA who have said we need to be thoughtful and careful when exporting natural gas.”
About America’s Energy Advantage
America’s Energy Advantage, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) not for profit organization that is dedicated to educating the American public about the growth in American manufacturing that has been made possible by our country’s abundant and affordable supply of natural gas.