Natural gas lobby to Senate: Add us to ‘clean’ energy standard

If that happens, the gas groups say their fuel – which emits far less carbon dioxide when burned than coal – should be allowed under the standard as well.

They spelled out their view in a letter Friday to Graham, Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), John KerryJohn Forbes KerryTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks MORE (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallOvernight Cybersecurity: Kushner was contacted about WikiLeaks before election | Tech experts blast Trump's 'extreme vetting' plan | Senate passes defense bill with measure to modernize feds' IT FCC rolls back media regulations in move that critics say benefits Sinclair Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks MORE (D-N.M.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.).

 “We agree that natural gas will be essential to meeting the nation’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, and therefore, should a CES be adopted, it should be crafted so that utilities have the option of using natural gas to comply with the generation portfolio requirements,” states the letter Friday from the Natural Gas Supply Association, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and the American Gas Association.

The groups together represent gas producers, pipeline companies, natural gas utilities and other segments of the industry.

Kerry, Graham and Lieberman are trying to craft a compromise climate change and energy plan.

Bingaman has long opposed the idea of turning a renewable electricity standard into a broader standard that includes non-renewable sources.

“Sen. Bingaman is a long-time supporter of natural gas.  While the chairman is an open-minded fellow, I can report that he is not considering a CES,” Bingaman spokesman Bill Wicker said in an email.