Natural gas industry wants to ‘break the poverty cycle’

(The Center Square) — The natural gas industry plans to push for more support of a federal program to cover energy costs for low-income families in 2024 while talking up safety and reliability.

“We need to break the poverty cycle by working together,” Jerry Norcia, chairman of the board of the American Gas Association, said in a press call on Monday. “Government, nonprofits and corporations can remove the barriers that prevent access to a prosperous future.”

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program has received more than $6 billion in funding in the latest fiscal year after dipping slightly from $8 billion in 2021 during the pandemic. The money covers heating and cooling assistance for qualifying families.

“LIHEAP serves 5.7 million American households and is a critical federal resource for many low-income customers in times of need,” Norcia said. “We as an industry need to advocate for more resources to help those in
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