Recently, I met with the CEO of a utility to discuss how to get at carbon reduction goals. He asked two insightful questions. The first was, "Why doesn't the natural gas industry support climate legislation?" One of the key points turned up in the utility's analysis of future supply is that we're going to have to switch massively from coal to natural gas in the next fifty years to address climate change. Because of that, the natural gas industry can't lose: it's a key transition fuel because its carbon intensity is half that of coal, and it's a proven source …
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Auden Schendler is vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company, author of Getting Green Done, and a board member of Protect Our Winters.