Cross-posted from Climate Progress.
President of American Gas Association (AGA), 1981:
In fact, gas energy -- currently America’s largest domestically produced fuel -- could prove to be the keystone to solving the nation’s energy crisis by serving as the ‘bridge fuel’ to the next century’s renewable energy technologies.
Vice president of AGA, 1988, according to the Washington Post:
... refers to natural gas as a bridge fuel -- the least harmful alternative while the world looks for other, longer-lasting solutions to the ‘greenhouse’ effect.
Chair of AGA, 2008 [PDF]:
Natural gas will be the bridge fuel to the future ... The electric industry is expected to turn to natural gas as a bridge until clean coal and nuclear generation are available.
It’s the longest bridge in history! Heck, the Golden Gate Bridge only took four years to build!