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Natural gas associations urge Congress to withdraw new natural gas tax

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The American Gas Association (AGA), American Petroleum institute (API), Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), and Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) have reiterated calls for Congress to withdraw a new tax on natural gas – described as a ‘methane fee’ –from the proposed budget reconciliation bill.

“Make no mistake, our industry supports methane emissions regulations that are safe, effective, and protect energy reliability. EPA is expected to propose significant new federal methane emissions regulations any day now, yet the new tax under consideration in Congress would apply regardless of compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. This tax on natural gas is not about reducing emissions – it’s about forcing American families, regardless of their income level, to help fund the reconciliation package through higher utility bills,” said Amy Andryszak, President and CEO of INGAA.

“We must continue to drive down methane emissions without adding new burdens on American families and businesses. With one-third of households already facing challenges affording their energy needs, Congress should not add a new tax on natural gas. Our analysis indicates that the proposed tax could increase natural gas bills from 12% to 34%, depending on the variation of the proposal assessed,” added Karen Harbert, President and CEO of AGA.

“This is nothing more than a tax on natural gas at a time when policymakers should be focused on solutions that support affordable, reliable energy while reducing emissions. The direct regulation of methane by the EPA is the most impactful way to build on the downward trend of methane emission rates in key producing regions rather than a duplicative and punitive natural gas tax that would only hurt American consumers and undermine the economic recovery,” continued Frank Macchiarola, API Senior Vice President of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs.

“Natural gas and petroleum together account for nearly 70% of energy consumption in the US. These new taxes will not only impose a burden on industry and consumers generally, they are specifically designed to impose a new burden on small businesses. This costly policy will send both jobs and greenhouse gas emissions to other countries,” concluded Barry Russell, President and CEO of IPAA.

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