In both Canada and the United States, natural gas is in the media spotlight. In Ontario, the discussion is about the provincial government’s relocation of two natural gas-burning power stations.
Apparently, natural gas makes for exceptional political fodder.
South of the border, however, Republicans and Democrats agree on something: Natural gas and its prominent future in America’s energy mix. President Barack Obama’s energy blueprint earmarks $40 million for research into safe and responsible energy production and $375 million into cleaner energy from fossil fuels. He’s also pursuing a $2 billion “energy security trust” to convert more American infrastructure to run on, as he puts it, “a hundred years’ worth of reserves in the shale under our feet.”
They are recognizing natural gas’ role in helping industry take off again, creating jobs, and giving the consumer access to clean, affordable and reliable energy – a big part of a sustainable, independent future.
Of course, this is all old news for Ontarians. While the world around us wakes up to the possibilities of natural gas, we’ve already had a long and fruitful relationship with the fuel for years. After all, it accounts for 1/3rd of Ontario’s energy use. Our well-established, reliable, and still growing infrastructure serves homes and businesses across Ontario. And we like it that way.
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