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Pompeo targets red tape holding back natural gas

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, co-wrote a Roll Call commentary with Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, promoting the Pipeline Permitting Reform Act and another measure related to liquefied natural gas. Both recently passed the House. They noted that “America is now the world’s No. 1 natural gas producer” but that “there just isn’t a workable network in place to transport the gas from the place of production to homes and businesses that are desperate for affordable energy.” They concluded: “Natural gas holds great promise for our energy future, but only if we cut the red tape from the past. Everyone should be able to get behind thoughtful solutions that say yes to jobs and yes to energy.” The White House issued a statement saying that if the president were presented with Pompeo’s pipeline permitting bill, his senior advisers would recommend a veto, because it conflicts with existing laws and regulations and “may actually delay projects or lead to more project denials.” – Rhonda Holman