The U.S. steel industry is the solutions provider for energy development, as the pipe and tube products that steelmakers produce are integral to the exploration, production and transmission of natural gas and oil. Despite our world-leading levels of energy efficiency, the steel industry consumes substantial amounts of energy each year.
Domestic steel manufacturers, including many in Pennsylvania, face challenges on the energy front. We are subject to intense international competition, often against industry in countries where energy costs are subsidized. Regulatory policies enacted on energy providers raise costs for steel companies and threaten our competitiveness.
Congress must craft a national energy policy that ensures low costs for domestic manufacturers and allows the steel industry to maximize productivity and international competitiveness.
Congress can accomplish this by fully developing domestic natural gas, oil, coal and nuclear power; ensuring that federal regulations do not unilaterally raise the cost of domestic energy sources; harnessing the benefits of natural gas from shale formations; and approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
Development of these resources means greater demand for steel. That translates into more jobs in Pennsylvania, and that's good for everyone.
Thomas J. Gibson
The writer is president of the American Iron and Steel Institute (steel.org).
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