Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cleaner Energy

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cleaner Energy

Article excerpt

A recent letter ("Pa. Must Not Falter in Supporting Clean Energy," Dec. 14) fails to acknowledge the clear fact that our environment is stronger thanks to natural gas.

Of course, we all want clean air, a healthy environment and a growing economy - and thankfully, with natural gas, we don't have to choose. As we continue to use more clean-burning natural gas, America's carbon dioxide emissions are at 22-year lows and power sector greenhouse gas emissions are at their lowest point in 27 years, according to government data. And Pennsylvania's strong natural gas regulations ensure our environment is protected as energy production and use increase.

Keep in mind, as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy has said: "Responsible development of natural gas is an important part of our work to curb climate change and support a robust clean energy market at home. …

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