Pipelines benefit communities by providing fuel, jobs and tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue.
While largely unseen, pipelines provide immense personal benefits and help to cut energy costs for Americans across the country. Energy pipelines safely and efficiently deliver transportation fuels and energy products, provide the raw materials for products we use daily, and increase our national security. Pipelines are also important to a low carbon energy future and will play a critical role in addressing energy transition goals.
We can get where we need to go by car, bus, or plane because pipelines deliver gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel that make fueling up quick and convenient – at the gas station, bus depot or airport. In fact, major American airports have dedicated pipelines to reliably deliver jet fuel directly to the airport. Pipelines bring down the cost of air travel because access to pipelines makes jet fuel, and in turn, airfare, less expensive. So, whether you’re driving to work, busing to the store, or flying to visit family, pipelines make it all possible.
Hydrogen could also be a key transportation fuel for shipping, aviation, trucking, and intensive road travel as a low-carbon alternative with additional investment and innovation. As of February 2019, there were 6,558 fuel cell vehicles on the road according to DOE, with supportive policy incentives at the state and federal levels likely to increase this number in coming years.
Pipelines help us provide for and protect our families by delivering the raw materials used to make products we use every day like durable plastics, computers, and medicines. Using pipelines increases available energy supplies across our nation, which lowers manufacturing costs and keeps prices low for the products in your local store.
Our homes themselves are more affordable because the raw ingredients used to make most building materials – like roof tiles, carpet, wall paint, and insulation – traveled by pipeline at some point.
Products we use every day, including pharmaceuticals, smart phones, and detergents, are all made using petroleum products. Using pipelines to ship those raw materials helps to keep these durable building materials affordable and plentiful.
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Pipelines also help to keep our families healthy by carrying the fuel necessary to power American farms that supply healthy and natural food to grocery stores. American farmers depend on diesel to power plows, tills, and other heavy machinery, as well as to dry crops for consumption. Pipelines also carry natural gas and hydrogen, which are used to make fertilizer and pesticides that increase crop production. Companies can also capture the carbon dioxide produced from hydrogen manufacturing before converting it to ammonia for safe storage underground in order to produce urea for fertilizer or be used to enhance oil production and recovery.
Pipelines supply stable resources such as fuels and raw materials used to make products we use every day, and our pipeline system that transports American energy also helps to protect the nation from depending on foreign sources of energy. Our country’s energy abundance helps enable the U.S. to supply reliable and affordable energy products to our allies around the globe, reducing the influence of other countries on American energy policy.
While we may not always realize it, energy makes every aspect of our daily lives possible.
Convenience, staying connected and keeping kids safe are important. Durable family-friendly products and affordable healthy food are possible because of fuels and raw materials delivered by pipelines.
Pipelines and the products they deliver help you stay connected, healthy, and independent. You can get where you need to go, experience the world, and share it with friends thanks to pipelines.
Pipelines are also important to a low carbon energy future and help play a critical role in addressing energy transition goals.
Pipelines make it easier to work your family’s land. Pipelines are among the safest, cheapest, and most reliable ways to transport the energy products that are the building blocks of the goods and equipment necessary for life in rural America.