Natural Gas is a Problem for Climate Change, Not a Solution
Texas Gas is really on a roll. After forcing through a rate increase during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company is now lobbying against necessary measures in the new Austin Climate Equity Plan.
The company is lobbying to have natural gas use continue – and is even arguing that using more of this fossil fuel is a solution to climate change and in the best interest of the Austin community. In reality, natural gas is a major contributor to the climate crisis, creates unhealthy air pollution indoors, and makes constructing and operating homes more expensive.
Texas Gas was able to get significant changes made to the draft Austin Climate Equity Plan just before it was released for public comment. We have until September 30 to submit comments demanding that the goals and strategies to reduce emissions from and start phasing out the use of natural gas be restored.
There’s so much to celebrate in this plan. It was created as a collaborative effort with a diverse group of community members. And it explicitly aims to improve equity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. If adopted by City Council, the plan will establish a strong new goal for reducing Austin’s community-wide greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2040.
Take action now to support all that’s good in the draft Austin Climate Equity Plan and demand that the goals and strategies for natural gas emissions be restored to the plan in the final draft.
However, this particular call to action doesn't target leaders representing your district. Don't despair, there are many other ways you can support us!
Tell your friends how important this action is on Facebook and Twitter!
While we're not targeting your representatives, many of your friends and family will likely be able to impact this legislation.
Thank you for supporting needed climate action in Austin. We encourage you to also submit comments on the SpeakUp Austin survey. Be sure to include a comment about the importance of adding goals and strategies to reduce emissions from and phase out the use of natural gas in the plan.
If you have any questions, please email Kaiba White at firstname.lastname@example.org.