When we think of energy poverty, most of us tend to envision places a world away, where open-air shanties and markets subsist without any means to light, safely heat food, cool during periods of sweltering summers, or heat during stretches of cold. But “energy poverty”—a term the U.S. still grapples with to define, measure, and evaluate—is also a very real affliction for millions right here at home who must decide whether to pay a utility bill over purchasing groceries, or simply have no access to electricity or natural gas. The latter is the focus of a new whitepaper from Texas for Natural Gas that concludes expanding access to affordable natural gas for low-income households would make a tremendous difference to those populations. Not just in terms of lifestyle, but physical and mental health, childhood development, and more. And that, in large part, requires pipelines to connect supplies with families. In an energy-rich state like Texas, which lays claim to one of the nation’s largest poverty levels, the irony here is not lost. America produces enough clean-burning energy for everyone, but we must have the infrastructure in place to flow it to everyone.
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