Climate Change

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Climate Change

AGA Climate Change Principles

Natural gas is a clean and efficient fuel from an environmental perspective. It contains very low levels of pollutants and emits less carbon relative to other fossil fuels. It is also highly efficient in its production, transportation and use. When natural gas is used, very little fuel is wasted from the point of production through consumption. This combination of relatively low pollutants and emissions and high efficiency levels results in less environmental impact than other fuels with respect to climate change, acid rain, urban smog, solid waste, water quality and visibility. In fact natural gas attributes make it particularly noteworthy with respect to climate change in that the core philosophy to reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the increased efficient use of clean fuels. Read the full AGA principles paper (pdf).

AGA Climate Change update (June 9, 2009) pdf

Results of AGA Covered Emissions Survey (December 23, 2009) pdf

EPA

Senate

The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act - Kerry/Boxer Bill (Sept. 30, 2009)

Summaries: Energy Efficiency Tax Bills

The Cleaner, Secure, Affordable Thermal Energy Act (S. 1643):

  • A 30 percent tax credit for costs associated with converting a home heating system from fuel oil to a natural gas, with a cap of $3,500 on the credit
  • Qualifying equipment for residential conversions includes: a natural gas boiler with an AFUE rating of at least 85 percent, a natural gas furnace with an AFUE rating of at least 92 percent, or a biomass appliance with a thermal efficiency rating of more than 75 percent
  • Qualifying expenses for residential conversions include: equipment (described above), fuel service connection installation costs, and removal of the fuel oil tank
  • Other incentives (energy conservation bonds) for converting commercial or publicly-owned buildings from fuel oil to natural gas

S 1643 Cleaner Secure Affordable Thermal Energy Act

AGA's analysis of S. 1462, American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009

Fuel conversion floor statement

To read more click here.

House of Representatives

The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, H.R. 2454, passed the House of Representatives on June 26, 2009. The bill, crafted by representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA), passed by a vote of 219-212 and includes several important provisions that will reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses that use natural gas for heating and cooling.

Read more about the bill and provisions important to AGA and its members.

Resources

AGA Fact sheets

The Honorable Jeff Bingaman - Home Star and Building Star Proposals

National Academy of Sciences

Graphic: Three times more energy reaches the customer with natural gas

American Gas Foundation Direct Use of Natural Gas Study

Greenhouse Gas Initiatives Analysis using the National Energy Modeling System

Amendment of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to Adopt the Recommendations of the National Academies National Research Council on Measurement Approaches to Energy Efficiency Standards

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