Gino DiCaro

The need for natural gas

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Nov. 4, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

For nearly a year, CMTA has been leading a coalition of businesses and consumer groups, Californians for Clean Affordable Safe Energy (Cal-CASE), to encourage California to increase the supply of natural gas through the siting of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals.  

Due to supply shortages, your company and employees will likely see record high natural gas bills this winter.  

The following is a sample newsletter article for your internal company publications to employees, customers or suppliers.  Please use or alter as meets your needs.   Thanks for helping spread the word about our lack of natural gas supply and the need for LNG!

    Biggest turkey this Thanksgiving?   Your gas bill!

    The bad news is coming, if it hasn't already arrived.  Your winter natural gas bills will reach stunning new highs.  The state's utilities are predicting increases of up to 71 percent on residential natural gas bills, because of the supply shortfalls that were greatly exacerbated by the Gulf Coast hurricanes.

    Because we produce much of our electricity from plants that run on natural gas, electricity bills will also be on the rise.

    However, the good news is that there is a growing statewide coalition that is already at work trying to meet this crisis.  That coalition, Californians for Clean Affordable Safe Energy (Cal-CASE), is educating the public about the need to bring liquefied natural gas (LNG) to California to shore up dwindling supply.

    While we are the 10th largest consumer of natural gas in the world, California produces only 13 percent of the natural gas our consumers need.

    LNG is plentiful around the world and has been safely transported around the globe for more than four decades.  To make that transportation cost-effective, natural gas is liquefied so it can be shipped in specially equipped tankers.

    California must build terminals where the LNG can be put back into its original gaseous state and then distributed through our existing natural gas pipeline system.

    Increasing demand and a dwindling supply make it easy to predict a difficult future of much higher energy costs for businesses, consumers, schools and everyone else in the state.  

    LNG offers a significant boost in our supply of this clean burning fuel.

    There is no doubt our industry can ill-afford the shock and unpredictability of energy price spikes riding a supply shortage wave.  Through Cal-CASE we hope to increase the understanding that LNG can provide us with more natural gas and, consequently, stability and reliability in our energy rates.

    For more information on Cal-CASE please visit

    The 68 members of Cal-CASE include California Manufacturers & Technology Association, School Project for Utility Rate Reduction, California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance, The Seniors Coalition, California Chamber of Commerce, California Farm Bureau Federation and Consumers First.

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