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Toomey Statement in Support of the Natural Gas and Manufacturing Sectors in Southwestern PA

October 31, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement in support of the natural gas and manufacturing sectors in Southwestern Pennsylvania. This statement comes on the heels of several Democratic presidential candidates promising to use executive powers to ban natural gas exploration and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's comments regarding the local petrochemical industry:

"Natural gas exploration, the cracker plant, and the downstream manufacturing sector are great for Southwestern Pennsylvania. Tens of thousands of good-paying jobs have already been created, energy prices are falling, and the growing use of natural gas for electricity generation has improved air quality and reduced CO2 emissions. The region is positioned to be an energy and manufacturing hub for years to come.

"Stopping natural gas exploration or banning expansion of the petrochemical industry would ruin the region's economy. Natural gas is now the top source for electricity generation in the country and petrochemicals are used to make millions of essential products that make us healthier, safer, and happier.

"Mayor Peduto is a good man, but he should rethink his opposition to these industries."