A Zoom Conversation – Natural Gas: The Fossil Fuel You Came to Love
Seduced by methane, now plagued by heartburn
Studies show that most Americans think natural gas is a clean fuel that does little harm from a climate or pollution perspective. Residential and commercial use of natural gas in Oregon has soared in recent decades. We hear a lot about “decarbonization”, but in some ways, natural gas–which is primarily methane–is in some ways worse than coal. This panel discussion will update us on the latest research on the climate, environmental, and health impacts of natural gas, including impacts on indoor air quality from gas appliances. We’ll also touch on the gas bans that many cities and other government entities have enacted and how gas companies have responded to these bans.
This is the first in a series of conversations we will host in 2021 on the economic, social equity, and practical implications of our natural gas connections–and our desire to sever them.
Panelists: Dan Serres, Conservation Director, Columbia Riverkeeper; David Farrer, Toxicologist, Oregon Health Authority; and Tom Graly, Co-leader of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition’s Electrification Working Group
Contact SOCAN-Ashland Climate Action Project
Chair Lorrie Kaplan email@example.com.