Balderson Discusses Green and Clean Energy

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A U.S. Representative is hoping that his resolution will recognize American natural gas as a “green and clean” energy source.

U.S. Representative Troy Balderson joined Ohio energy advocates at an oil and gas well site in Licking County to announce a resolution he introduced this week in the the House of Representatives.

The resolution recognizes American natural gas as an affordable, green energy source and calls for the United States to commit to an “all-of-the-above” approach to meet energy needs.

In Ohio alone, natural gas has already reduced carbon emissions from power generation by an astounding 38 percent. 

“It’s green. It’s clean. And it’s abundant right under our feet, right here in Ohio,” said Rep. Troy Balderson. “Unleashing America’s abundant natural gas is the solution to affordable energy, a cleaner environment, and lessening our reliance on bad actors. This resolution recognizes the leading role of natural gas in powering our daily lives and rejects the false notion that a cleaner environment can only be achieved at the peril of the United States’ energy security and independence.”

The resolution also calls on the Biden Administration to support natural gas infrastructure and the production of natural gas by identifying and removing barriers for producers. 

“Homegrown Ohio natural gas is the solution to providing the essential energy our country needs,” said George Brown, executive director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program. “It’s abundant, affordable, and American-made. Thanks to cutting-edge innovation, it’s cleaner and safer than ever before. And Ohio agrees. 70 percent of Ohioans support natural gas and oil development – and 82 percent say the natural gas and oil industry is essential to their daily lives.”

“The Biden Administration’s energy policies are inflicting needless financial pain on American families and businesses, and, thus far, it has not offered meaningful solutions,” said Chris Ventura, executive director at the Consumer Energy Alliance. “We hope the House of Representatives will bring Congressman Balderson’s common-sense resolution to the Floor for bipartisan approval – and help people across Ohio and America suffering from twin energy and inflation crises.”

Rep. Balderson’s resolution has also received support from the Ohio Gas Association, Marcellus Shale Coalition, and the Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia. 

Combined, the Marcellus and Utica shale deposits, which span across Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, contain a total of 214 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas.

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.