Maryland voters support Cove Point LNG exports, poll finds
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland -- Strong bipartisan majorities of registered Maryland voters support increased investment in energy infrastructure, including the proposed LNG export terminal at Cove Point, according to a new poll the Maryland Petroleum Council (MPC) is releasing as part of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) campaign highlighting the voices of Americans.
Maryland voters voiced strong support for exports of natural gas from the Cove Point LNG terminal. 74% agreed that exporting natural gas helps create U.S. jobs, and 77% agreed that exporting natural gas from facilities, such as Cove Point in Maryland, is good for the state' s economy.
“The Cove Point terminal represents one of Maryland’s best opportunities to participate in the energy revolution, create thousands of jobs, and generate millions in state revenue,” said Drew Cobbs, executive director of MPC. “America is now the world’s leading producer of natural gas, and Maryland voters want to be a part of this opportunity to strengthen America’s position on the international stage.”
The state-wide telephone poll, conducted for API by Harris Poll, among 602 registered Maryland voters, also found that 91% of registered Maryland voters agree that increased development of the country’s energy infrastructure would help create jobs in the U.S; and 88% said increased production of domestic oil and natural gas resources could help stimulate the economy.
“This poll shows strong majorities of Maryland voters support more domestic oil and natural gas development, regardless of party affiliation,” said Cobbs. “Marylanders get it; America’s economic future, the availability of affordable and reliable energy, depends on the policies created today.”
MPC is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry.