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Myths vs. Facts

Energy gives all Americans the opportunity for a better future. It is a basic requirement for living that should unite us, not divide us. The 2018 election marks a pivotal moment. It’s time to speak out and support sensible energy solutions that build better lives and stronger communities, today and tomorrow. We can’t let opposition groups to spread fear and misinformation about American energy. With your help we can set the record straight by correcting anti-energy myths with facts.

Cleaner Air

Myth: America’s air is dirtier than ever.

Fact: We breathe much cleaner air today thanks to the increased use of clean natural gas, cleaner fuels, and more efficient cars and electricity generation. According to the EPA, total emissions of major air pollutants have declined 73% since 1970.

Myth: The primary reason that America’s air is cleaner is because of renewable energy such as wind and solar.

Fact: Wind and solar are important parts of our nation’s energy mix, but natural gas is our nation’s number one power source for electricity. The increased use of natural gas has driven carbon emissions to their lowest levels in more than 25 years.

Myth: Other nations are making more environmental progress than the U.S.

Fact: Thanks to abundant American natural gas, the U.S. leads all other industrial nations in the reduction of carbon emissions for producing electricity.

Myth: Energy companies don’t care about making our air cleaner.

Fact: America’s energy sector is the leading private sector investor in low- and zero-emission technologies, investing more than $90 billion in this area in recent years.

Myth: If we just switch to all wind and solar power, we won’t need natural gas for electricity.

Fact: Natural gas is the number one load-balancing energy source used to back up wind and solar power. The use of renewable energy increases with the use of natural gas, which provides consistent, reliable energy for days with low sun and wind.

Safety at all Costs

Myth: Energy operations put American communities at risk.

Fact: American energy development is safer and more tightly regulated than ever. State-of-the-art monitoring and equipment, combined with advanced engineering, make energy production and transportation safer than ever for our communities.

Myth: Energy companies really don’t care about safety.

Fact: The energy sector supports more than 10.3 million workers, who live and work in communities across the country. Companies and workers together are committed to the safety of communities and the protection of employees, families, and the environment. Safety is the industry’s number one priority.

Myth: Pipelines are dangerous.

Fact: Pipelines have a very strong track record of safety, with 99.999% of fuel reaching its destination without incident. Pipelines are constructed to exacting safety standards, and they are continually monitored and inspected.

Myth: Working conditions are hazardous for energy sector employees.

Fact: Rigorous training, tight industry standards, and operational best practices result in a strong track record of safety for energy workers. The energy industry has lower workplace risk than many sectors, such as construction, truck driving, farming, and logging.

Myth: Lax government oversight compromises the safety of energy operations.

Fact: Energy production and transportation are subject to strict government regulations and oversight. Energy companies must comply with numerous federal and state laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and many others.

Energy for All

Myth: American energy development only benefits energy companies and investors.

Fact: Virtually every American household and community benefits from American energy development in many ways, starting with household budgets. The average U.S. household saves more than $1,300 annually because of American energy development.

Myth: We can replace oil and natural gas with renewable electricity.

Fact: American energy isn’t just about turning on the lights, heating our homes, and powering our vehicles. Oil and natural gas provide essential building blocks for manufacturing medicines and life-saving healthcare devices, such as insulin pumps. Computers, cell phones, modern sports equipment, and thousands of other products that contribute to our quality of life are made possible by oil and natural gas.

Myth: The energy sector doesn’t support many good jobs.

Fact: Overall America’s energy sector supports 10.3 million jobs, with energy production taking place in most states. On average energy jobs pay over $50,000 more than the average U.S. salary. The energy sector could create another 1.9 million jobs by 2035.

Myth: American energy threatens the public health of our communities.

Fact: American energy is improving public health by making the air we breathe cleaner. The health benefits of natural gas have been recognized by the American Lung Association. A study by Carnegie Mellon researchers estimates that the U.S. could save $50 billion on healthcare costs because natural gas helps reduce the incidence of many illnesses.

Myth: American energy doesn’t contribute to our communities.

Fact: Energy companies pay tens of billions of dollars annually in state and federal taxes and fees. These dollars translate into investments in our communities—for stronger schools, new roads and bridges, public safety, and services that benefit all of us.

Prioritize Safer, Healthier Communities

Safety is the number one priority for American energy producers. Energy companies—made up of 10.3 million American workers—are committed to protecting every community and our environment.

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