Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will consider the “Appalachian Energy for National Security Act,” which would require the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study of the national security implications of building out petrochemical infrastructure – including the controversial Appalachian Storage Hub – throughout the United States.
In response, Food & Water Watch Climate and Energy Program Director Mitch Jones issued the following statement:
“Senator Manchin’s attempt to cloak the buildout of more fossil fuel-fed infrastructure as a national security priority is as ironic as it is absurd. There is no doubt that our deepening climate crisis is the leading threat to American national security. Manchin’s notion that doubling down on domestic fossil fuel extraction, processing and export would somehow make our country safer is directly at odds with reality.
“Anyone truly concerned with national and economic security would be advocating for a just and fair transition to clean energy. Senator Manchin must be held accountable for this foolish and dangerous assertion.”
Background: On June 19, the House of Representatives passed an amendment filed by Reps Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) clarifying that funds used in a Department of Energy clean energy program cannot be used to support projects that do not decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
The Title XVII program is intended to provide loan guarantees for projects that “avoid, reduce or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases.”
The Department of Energy is currently considering a $1.9 billion loan guarantee for the Appalachian Storage Hub, part of a massive petrochemical buildout in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia that will increase fracking and plastics production in the region.
Contact: Seth Gladstone - sgladstone[at]fwwatch[dot]org.