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Center for Strategic & International Studies, Climate Investment Funds
May 25, 2021
Atlantic Council
May 25, 2021
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
May 27, 2021
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Ongoing Discussion
Comment in our online discussion on the future of the natural gas industry! See some of the comments from our community below, and follow our Twitter thread for a few highlights from the webinar.
"I don’t see natural gas as having any truly long-term role. It has an important short-term role, but I don’t expect it to last for long. Ten years maybe. Twenty at most.... At this point, the most productive role for natural gas would be to help us move quickly to a zero-carbon energy economy. It can do that by serving for production of “blue” hydrogen...."
- Roger Arnold, Systems Architect, Silverthorn Institute
"Attended the natural gas webinar. Agree with the panelists that there is a future for natural gas if Carbon Capture, hydrogen from natural gas and/or natural gas as a feedstock is cost-justified. Battery storage and energy efficiency as well as microgrids may compete on price and reliability. NG will probably a good transition for another 10 to 15 years. The existing pipelines could be used for hydrogen and water in some cases." - Elliot Taubman, Attorney at Law, BIPCO
"We must phase out NG use as soon as possible. Natural gas (NG) is about as bad as coal when it comes to global warming. Academic studies show actual NG leakage rates are in the 3~4% range (not less than 1% that industry quotes) and the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of NG is 86X that of CO2 over a 20-year period (the timeframe we have for keeping under 1.5C warming)...."
- Dan Miller, Managing Director, The Roda Group
Congressional Update

New Legislation

Wed, May 26 - Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism (COAST) Anti-Drilling Act (S.1851) to permanently ban offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tues, May 25 - Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA-06) introduced the TREES Act (H.R.3522) to help homeowners lower energy costs. Sen. Cory Booker introduced a version of this bill in the Senate (S.1782).
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