Your letter will be delivered to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam:
The IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5˚C has made it clearer than ever that the world must change course. The fossil fuel era is over, and we must make urgent strides to clean energy. That’s why it’s crucial that we end the myth of gas as a ‘bridge fuel’ to a safe future.
A new report from Oil Change International shows that gas is not clean, cheap or necessary, thoroughly debunking the ‘bridge fuel’ myth once and for all. The report makes clear that continuing to build gas infrastructure will lock in greenhouse gas emissions and overshoot carbon budgets. Wind and solar are now cheaper than gas and the additional technologies needed for a full transition to clean energy are within our reach. It requires concerted action from climate leaders to manage the transition away from fossil fuels and implement policies that support full decarbonization.
I stand with communities impacted by climate change, oil and gas extraction, and the pipelines and infrastructure that support it. I implore you to stop touting gas as a ‘bridge fuel,’ start promoting real clean energy solutions, and reject all new gas infrastructure in your state.