The National Journal reported on July 16 that U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden
(D-OR) took shots at the Sierra Club’s beyond gas campaign, an important development considering that Markey is the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Wyden’s expectation to be the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee next year.
Markey (scoring a 94% lifetime voting record from the League of Conservation Voters [LCV]): “I think environmentalists should want natural gas on the table as an option. When coal is also going to be considered for new electrical generation or an extension of the life of an existing coal-fired power plant, I think it would be wise for us not to take natural gas off the table.”
Wyden (with an 89% lifetime voting record from the LCV): “This is what I tell environmental folks. Natural gas is really important to a lot of renewables, solar and wind, ensuring that option is out there. Natural gas is the cleanest of the fossil fuels, so you start with that as your basic proposition.”
Meanwhile, we go back to the same old slime from the Sierra Club’s executive director, Michael Brune, who is quoted from his first discussion with the National Journal: “As we push to retire coal plants, we’re going to work to make sure we’re not simultaneously switching to natural gas infrastructure. And we’re going to be preventing new gas plants from being built wherever we can.”
Under this scenario, considering that only about six percent of our nation’s energy supply is currently provided by renewable sources that are only economically feasible with federal subsidies, prepare yourself to be very cold in the winter, very hot in the summer and very much in the dark at night.