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Senator Toomey Offers Statement on President Trump’s Visit to Pittsburgh

October 23, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today offered a statement to reporters this morning ahead to President Trump's visit to Pittsburgh and speech at the Shale Insight Conference. The transcript of his statement is below.

"I wanted to give my welcome to the President of the United States. He's going to be in Pittsburgh today. It is always the case that I welcome a sitting American president to visit our great state.

"I am delighted that President Trump is going to be here but I am equally pleased that he is going to be stressing just how tremendously constructive it has been that we have been able to develop the natural gas that we have in Pennsylvania. This has been one of the greatest economic booms for Pennsylvania and for American in decades.

"It's very hard to overstate how good the development are of horizontal drilling and the fracking technology that has brought unbelievable amounts of natural gas. Pennsylvania alone produces now 20 percent of all the natural gas in America. Only Texas produces more natural gas than we do. There are few countries anywhere in the world that produce as much natural gas as we do in in Pennsylvania.

"The result is over 300,000 Pennsylvanians with good-paying jobs. Many of these jobs are paying over $100,000 per year, sustaining a good quality of life for their families. The other result is Pennsylvania and American consumers are saving a tremendous amount on their family energy budget because it's more affordable to heat your home, it's more affordable to buy electricity because the electricity is increasingly being produced with lower-cost natural gas, and natural gas produces far less CO2 than coal and oil does, leading to less CO2 released in our economy.

"Any way you look at this, this has been a fantastic success story for Pennsylvania and for America.

"And what do we hear from the leading Democratic candidates for president? Elizabeth Warren, explicitly committing that on day one of her presidency, she will issue executive orders and ban all fracking everywhere in America, on public lands and private lands. It's outrageous. This would completely end the development of any new natural gas and oil anywhere in America, it would lead to much higher prices for energy, it would cause us to go backwards on CO2 emissions because we would inevitably be using more coal and less natural gas than we otherwise would, and most importantly, it would put hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanian families out of work and cut off their families' income.

"It's unbelievable to me that Elizabeth Warren would advocate something so devastating to our economy, especially in Pennsylvania, but even the entire American economy and it's worse still that the other Democrats in the field seem to be following her lead in this.

"So my hat is off to the President of the United States for his pro-energy policy, for coming to Pennsylvania to underscore the importance of natural gas. I didn't even bring up all the geopolitical advantages of having a tremendous source of natural gas so that we dramatically diminish our dependence on foreign imported energy and we dramatically diminish the leverage of countries that depend on energy exports.

"It's all good for us and we need to continue to be one of the world's leading sources of natural gas. I'm glad the president is going to be underscoring that message."