AISI Supports Murphy Bill for Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Investments

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For Immediate Release
March 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today applauded the introduction of a bill by Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA), The Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Independence Act (H.R. 787), which opens potentially key regions of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to exploration and production and devotes revenues from expanded energy production to fund necessary upgrades to our national infrastructure.

“Reliable and plentiful natural gas is essential to our industry’s current productivity, future growth, and international competitiveness. Steel pipe and tubing are integral to both the gathering and transmission of oil and natural gas. AISI supports this bill to expand domestic energy production and fund necessary upgrades to our national infrastructure, including the roads, bridges, locks, dams and sewers that have been neglected,” said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI.  “Increasing production in the OCS will benefit the steel industry as both an energy consumer and a supplier to this key market, increasing our overall international competitiveness.”

Gibson said AISI members are leading the way in setting the bar for steel industry energy efficiency worldwide. The domestic steel industry has reduced its energy intensity by 27% since 1990, while reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 33% over the same time period.  Recent data from the Department of Energy shows the steel industry in the U.S. has the lowest energy intensity of any major steel producing country.

“By expanding domestic energy supply and making substantial investment in critical infrastructure needs, this legislation will aid in the recovery of domestic manufacturing and spur national economic growth.  We urge all members of the House of Representatives to sign on as cosponsors,” Gibson concluded.  

Contact: Lisa Harrison
202.452.7115 / lharrison@steel.org

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