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You’re reducing carbon emissions by using natural gas… We can’t go 100% renewables in Virginia. It’s laughable to even discuss it. 

Fmr. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), between 2005 and 2016, increased use of natural gas for power generation prevented over 2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. That’s almost twice the CO2 savings attributed to renewable energy sources. Additionally, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded in its latest report that increased use of natural gas – unlocked by fracking – “is an important reason for a reduction in GHG emissions in the United States.”

 

Finally, the idea of a 100 percent renewables utopia has been criticized by researchers throughout the academic community. In a recent rebuttal to a 2015 paper claiming that 100 percent renewable generation was possible, one co-author and energy policy researcher at the University of California stated that such a plan is “harmful to the economy” and is based on “wildly unrealistic expectations.” Laughable, indeed!

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