It’s clear we need to move on from fossil fuels, including methane gas. We already knew that methane from fracked gas is fueling the climate crisis. Now, more and more research is showing that burning gas in our stoves, heaters, and fireplaces creates air pollution levels that would be illegal outdoors, because it can cause conditions like asthma and heart failure, yet we’re burning them inside of our homes! We need our political leaders to stand up for the climate and our health by making a just transition away from gas. Dozens of cities, including New York, Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco, have already said no to fracked gas in new buildings. Here in Oregon, Eugene, Lane County, Ashland, and Talent are all currently exploring new laws to regulate gas. Portland and Multnomah County should do the same. We deserve healthy lungs, clean air, and a future powered by renewable energy.
This is crucial because when we build new buildings that are hooked up to gas infrastructure, we’re then locking ourselves in to using that gas for decades to come. Electrification is a solution that can create a just transition to homes and buildings that are safer, healthier, and more resilient to extreme weather, and powered by clean energy.
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