Half of the states in America have signed a letter opposing Biden’s move to prohibit the transportation of natural gas via rail. This move appears to be an extension of Biden’s war against all policy from the Trump administration.
The 25 states who oppose the reversal of a Trump-era policy that allows gas to be transported this way have claimed the action would have “devastating effects” on the economy.
The Daily Caller reported Natural gas is the largest source of electricity production in the U.S., accounting for about 40% of all generation, according to the Energy Information Administration. The Republican attorneys general’s letter noted, citing Environmental Protection Agency data, that greenhouse gas emissions have decreased 11.7% overall and a whopping 33.1% from electricity generation between 2005-2019.
Biden seems to have an immense desire to limit natural gas usage as much as possible but doesn’t appear to have a suitable alternative. Currently natural gas is the largest source of electricity, producing roughly 40% of all generation.
The challenging states also argued that policy that hurts domestic gas producers, hurts America. Domestic production reduces reliance on foreign nations. These producers are not only an economic asset but a geopolitical one.
After all, how can the United States effectively sanction Russia, if the U.S. is reliant on Russia for gas?