Natural gas, beyond its many industrial uses, powers about half of the homes in America. It’s cleaner than coal and less costly than oil. Investing in the infrastructure necessary for the delivery of natural gas is an investment in keeping homes warm in the winter and cool in summer. Enhancing current infrastructure will provide clean, reliable power—for the right price.
Natural gas provides the energy necessary to carry out most Americans' daily routines. It has a variety of benefits that explain its popularity, the most important of which may be its relatively low number of pollutant and carbon dioxide emissions (in comparison to coal and petroleum.) As such, we should focus primarily on natural gas for our energy needs.
A lack of natural gas infrastructure also means moratoriums on natural gas, which has already happened in Westchester County and has been proposed for Long Island as soon as May. With a moratorium in place, customers can’t convert their homes to natural gas, and development projects to drive economic growth that need natural gas can’t be built. Investing in natural gas infrastructure allows people to convert to affordable, clean energy, and allows for healthy economic development.
An energy mix with both natural gas and renewables creates a bridge to the clean energy future. Natural gas has a relatively low number of pollutant and carbon dioxide emissions (in comparison to coal and petroleum). This means we can still achieve cleaner air and work towards reducing emissions goals while renewable technology and infrastructure is developed to meet needs.
Right now, renewable energy sources produce intermittent power, which means they don't produce energy when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing. In addition to these roadblocks, renewables also don't reliably generate energy through events like natural disasters or harsh winters. As a result, energy prices can skyrocket with demand and New Yorkers are forced to rely on dirty fuel, like coal and oil, to meet energy needs.
By having an energy mix with both natural gas and renewables, we work toward meeting clean energy goals, keeping energy bills low and the lights on.