“Renewable natural gas” is not a large-scale climate solution. It’s a shameless attempt by the fossil fuel industry to convince New Englanders to pay for more polluting pipelines.
A recent report on transforming Rhode Island’s heating sector offers options to reach our climate goals while ensuring we stay warm during the winter. One of the first studies of its kind, the report is a valuable resource for policymakers and can help the state transition to a clean energy future.
When Vermont regulators approved an ill-fated natural gas pipeline in 2013, they required that the pipeline make available renewable natural gas for its customers. As conceived, this would be a (very) small step to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from expanding the use of fossil fuels in Vermont. Natural gas is methane. Cow poop also…