Gas industry official: ‘Overriding’ federal climate policy not needed

“I would almost want to say, ‘let’s not mess it up. Let’s keep it rolling,’” he added in remarks to the Natural Gas Roundtable, where he responded to a question on climate policy.

But many climate advocates say that ultimately, a transition to very low and zero-carbon fuels will be needed to achieve the very steep emissions cuts necessary to avoid the most dangerous climatic changes.

Environmentalists back various proposals to impose a price on carbon emissions, such as cap and trade or a carbon tax.

Those proposals lack traction in Congress.

But the Environmental Protection Agency is weighing carbon regulations that will put even more pressure on coal-fired generation, which is increasingly squeezed by natural gas and rules to curb other pollutants.