As I’ve said before, I’m a big Roger Cooper fan. After seeing Roger’s interview with Clean Skies, my opinion hasn’t changed. Recently there’s been news going around that the natural gas industry hasn’t fared that well in the current climate legislation.
That’s really not the case.
Or at least that’s not the case when it comes to the part of the natural gas industry that AGA represents. AGA represents natural gas distribution utilities. To really understand what that means, check out Dave’s post on “Who is the American Gas Association.”
As Roger points out, AGA has had a detailed advocacy plan in place for years leading up to the current environment. The goals in that plan were largely accomplished in the latest legislation. Natural gas utility customers are not covered under cap and trade until 2016, four years after program begins. During that time natural gas will be getting 9 percent of allowances until 2025, which will mean hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars to our customers.
Roger does a great job of explaining this during the interview and his last line is classic. He even gets a chuckle from Susan McGinnis, his interviewer.
Susan: “In general you would say the natural gas industry does not come out a loser…”
Roger: “How can we be a loser, we’re a nearly perfect fuel.”
There’s more great information in the interview so you should watch it yourself. It’s a little over four minutes and embedded at the beginning of this post. You can also watch Roger’s interview on Clean Skies or on the AGA YouTube channel.