Dear Editor,

It has been all over state news lately that New Mexico has a large budget surplus due to natural gas production in our state. Hopefully, this new revenue will translate to more funding for our schools.

Natural gas already has helped improve our personal safety and our environment. Utilities are installing modern pipelines that will deliver gas at much lower pressures, which means these lines are even safer than they were just a few years ago. Transporting gas underground also means fewer diesel-guzzling trucks rolling over our roads. And while natural gas production in the United States has risen by half since 2005, greenhouse gas emissions have fallen more than 10 percent.

There shouldn’t be any doubt: with natural gas in our energy toolbox, we’re on the right track.