Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District is home to some of the most abundant natural gas and energy resources in the entire world. Thanks to home-grown energy resources produced in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, the United States is a net exporter of natural gas and is set to be a net exporter of energy. On top of that, our district has seen significant economic gains as a result of our energy resources. There are also significant national security benefits of the United States being able to supply its own energy and energy to our allies. That’s why it is incumbent upon lawmakers to continue to incentivize the growth of our home-grown energy industry, work with employers to build downstream businesses, and continue the great community partnerships seen across Pennsylvania.
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Congressman Fred Keller spoke with constituents on May 21 through a tele-townhall with special guest Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman.
The elected officials covered responses to the COVID-19 pandemic on the federal and state levels, as well as plans to reopen Pennsylvania’s economy.
“During this time, people across Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District have stood up to support one another,” Keller said. “...Most of all, we have seen the robust American spirit that will never be overcome by any adversity, including a global pandemic.”
Even though presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden doesn't want to ban hydraulic fracturing, the debate could still haunt him in the natural gas-heavy state of Pennsylvania.
The gas industry, unions and their supporters had warned Democrats against nominating either Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont or Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who want to ban fracking nationwide.
Strategists also feared doing so would put Pennsylvania out of reach for the party, risking a major swing state and its valuable electoral votes.
Officials from the Pennsylvania natural gas industry and lawmakers met virtually Tuesday for their Think About Energy forum. Both sides shared concerns the coronavirus could negatively impact Pennsylvania’s energy sector, but remain optimistic about the natural gas industry.
Pennsylvania Republican Reps. Glenn Thompson, Fred Keller, and Guy Reschenthaler were among the guests on the panel.
Pennsylvania ranks second in the United States in natural gas production, trailing only Texas, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
"No more, no new fracking."
Those five words spoken by former Vice President Joe Biden during Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate brought on renewed attacks against him from the left -- namely Bernie Sanders endorser Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. -- as well as from the right.
And the pushback on the primary front-runner's fracking statement was particularly stiff in his natural gas–reliant home state of Pennsylvania.
Congressman Keller speaks about natural gas facility tax credit on House Floor.
Congressman Keller talks to Newsmax about Pennsylvania's natural gas industry
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fracking is fueling controversy in a key battleground state in the 2020 presidential race. From the campaign trail to Capitol Hill, lawmakers and advocates from both sides are now weighing in.
Some top Democrats, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, are calling for a total ban on fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing. That is a common but controversial practice used by natural gas companies that has led to economic growth in Pennsylvania and other natural gas-rich states.
WENY covers Congressman Keller’s invite to socialists that want to ban fracking