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Oil industry groups express skepticism in President Obama's support for natural gas

Oil industry groups insist President Barack Obama needs to do more than just talk about his support of natural gas.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Modified: January 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm •  Published: January 29, 2014
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T. Boone Pickens pretty much summed up the oil industry's skepticism to President Barack Obama's stated support for natural gas in his State of the Union address.

Pickens said he was encouraged by Obama's focus on natural gas and transportation, but he still wants to see results.

“A plan without action isn't a plan, it's a speech,” Pickens said. “I look forward to seeing how the president and Congress follow through.”

‘It's the bridge fuel'

Obama praised natural gas in Tuesday's speech to lawmakers.

“If extracted safely, it's the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change,” Obama said. “Businesses plan to invest almost $100 billion in new factories that use natural gas.

“I'll cut red tape to help states get those factories built and put folks to work, and this Congress can help by putting people to work building fueling stations that shift more cars and trucks from foreign oil to American natural gas.”

Chad Warmington, president of the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association, questioned the president's description of natural gas as a bridge fuel.

Warmington said no other alternative energy options can meet the nation's energy and transportation needs.

“Clean and abundant, Oklahoma-produced natural gas does have the capacity to meet those needs for the foreseeable future,” Warmington said Wednesday. “And we could get there much faster if the president would get on board and really help push the needed infrastructure development towards completion.”

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