More steps needed to improve US energy advantage, House panels told

Lower natural gas prices resulting from increased unconventional production have made US manufacturing globally competitive again, witnesses told a joint hearing of two US House Energy and Commerce subcommittees last month. Additional steps will be necessary to improve that advantage, they testified on June 19. Their recommendations to the Energy & Power and the Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade subcommittees ranged from removing barriers to more US oil and gas production to providing financial incentives for more alternative and renewable energy projects. "The US has hit the lottery," declared Drew Greenblatt, owner and president of Marlin Steel Products LLC in Baltimore....

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