From the Denver Post Editorial Board
Despite the influential environmental group’s sudden claims to the contrary, Colorado’s energy future should include the clean-burning, abundant fuel. Just two years ago, the influential Sierra Club heaped praise on Colorado’s Clean Air, Clean Jobs bill, which resulted in the conversion of Front Range coal-fired power plants to cleaner-burning, gas-fired operations.
The enthusiastic news release said the bill ought to “serve as a model for state legislatures.” That’s what makes the Sierra Club’s recent reversal in attitude toward natural gas all the more shocking. The executive director of the influential environmental group recently wrote: “It’s time to stop thinking of natural gas as a ‘kinder, gentler’ energy source.”
To be blunt, no, it is not time. We are dismayed that this group is repositioning itself as an anti-gas group, going as far as to proclaim that it will lobby to stop all new gas-fueled power plants.
It seems to us that as market conditions and technological advances have led to a boom in availibility of cheap natural gas, the backtracking is born of fear — fear that this nation will come to rely on this “transitional fuel” as a long-term solution.