A few weeks ago 350 Massachusetts and Better Future Project published a report laying out exactly why natural gas is no solution for the climate. A Bridge Too Far was created by the 350 Mass Policy Team, of which I am a member. Credit of authorship goes to Joshua Jackson; however I helped vet this report and strongly stand behind its conclusions.
The report looks specifically at the issue of methane leakage. For those of you who don’t know, methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. A number of recent scientific studies which we cite in the report show that methane leakage from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is much higher than the EPA estimates, which is particularly germane as the recent increase in natural gas production in the United States is due to fracking.
A Bridge Too Far was specifically made for Massachusetts policymakers and concludes that the greenhouse gas impacts of new gas infrastructure, if properly accounted for, will blow our carbon budget under the Global Warming Solutions Act. But the lesson here is relevant for the rest of the United States as well. Despite the deeply dishonest messaging coming from the Obama Administration, a shift from coal to fracked gas is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Without further ado, I present: A Bridge Too Far.