It’s clear we need to move on from fossil fuels, and that includes fracked gas. We already knew that methane from fracked gas is fueling the climate crisis. Now we know that burning fracked gas in our homes creates dangerous conditions and puts our health at risk. Methane 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. We need our political leaders to stand up for the climate and our health by making a just transition away from fracked gas.
Dozens of cities, including New York, Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco, have already said no to fracked gas in new buildings. In Oregon, Eugene and Lane County are 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.