U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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The United States is home to abundant natural gas supplies, which are critical to meeting our increasing energy needs. As energy demand continues to grow, infrastructure projects like the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline that give Americans access to reliable, affordable energy are even more important. Along with providing a much-needed supply of natural gas, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would create thousands of jobs and new, long-term revenue for West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.

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We tend to take our thermostats for granted. We crank the AC in the sweltering heat and don’t think twice about making the house warm and cozy during the dead of winter. But heating and cooling account for almost half of the energy use in the average American household, and place enormous demand on the electricity grid during periods of extreme weather. In 2016, for the first year ever, natural gas will supply more electricity in the U.S. than any other fuel source.

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Nobody likes getting energy bills in their mailbox. But thanks to fracking, millions of Americans that use natural gas to cook and heat their homes are benefiting from low electricity prices made possible by safe and responsible development of this clean burning fuel. In fact, without the fracking-enabled shale revolution, electricity prices would be significantly higher than they are today. That means more money in your pocketbook to have other things sent to your mailbox.

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Wanna get away? Well thanks to fracking, you can now do so for a lot less money. Jet fuel comprises about 30% of airline operating costs, so it’s no surprise that ticket prices generally fluctuate with the price of oil. With the U.S. boom in oil production, air travel this summer is forecast to hit a seven-year low, and be 20% cheaper than in 2014.

So when you book those bargain basement airfares to the destination of your choice, remember that they were Brought To You By Fracking. 

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They said it couldn’t be done. In the summer of 2008, average U.S. gasoline prices topped $4 per gallon, angering drivers and weighing heavy on the U.S. economy. But thanks to a pioneering technology known as hydraulic fracturing, America has safely unlocked vast amounts of previously inaccessible energy resources, driving down gas prices and saving the average American driver $540 at the pump last year.

So next time you fill up, be thankful for fracking, and be glad that the U.S. has not given in to costly and extreme “keep it in the ground” rhetoric that aims to ban it.