A new public opinion poll conducted by America's Energy Advantage shows that a majority of the 1000 voters surveyed would prefer the United States use abundant natural gas resources for projects here at home, rather than as an export product. Click here for complete results of the survey.
"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."
The survey comes as ConocoPhilips wins approval for LNG exports from their Freeport terminal to non-Free Trade Agreement countries (click here for more). Opponents of natural gas exports fear price increases for domestic users, and join a growing sentiment that natural gas could give American manufacturing the shot in the arm is has needed for so long.