The gas industry is taking a page from the Big Tobacco playbook, sinking millions of dollars into deceiving Americans about the dangers of gas.

 

An infrared camera shows the invisible methane pollution coming from a gas stove. Courtesy of Sierra Club.

• 90 YEARS OF LIES

Ever heard the slogan “Now we’re cooking with gas”? It’s part of a decades-long advertising effort by the gas industry to make their product seem safe and appealing.

• ON LYIN’, ONLINE

These days, the industry is fighting the science showing methane gas stoves are dangerous and dirty by getting into the Instagram Influencer game, paying posters to promote methane stoves. It’s also seeding front groups across the country to fight against climate action to ensure profit keeps flowing to its executives and shareholders at the expense of our future.

• SELLING A BRIDGE TO NOWHERE

For years, the gas industry has touted their product as a “bridge fuel” to a renewable future, with their gas replacing coal. But renewable energy like wind and solar is more affordable, cleaner and safer than methane gas. Fossil fuels caused the climate crisis — burning more of them isn’t going to solve it.

• VAPORIZING THE TRUTH

The methane gas industry likes to call itself  “clean” compared to coal but that’s like the tobacco industry saying it’s safe to smoke low-tar cigarettes or vape. The only clean, safe future is in a world free of fossil fuels.

• BUYING POLITICAL INFLUENCE

In 2021 alone, a non election year, the gas industry reported spending more than $115 million on lobbying across the country. Globally, $55.6 million was pumped into the global gas lobbying and spin machine by a combination of foreign interests and huge multinational corporations.

• USING YOUR MONEY TO MISLEAD

Much of the industry’s misinformation is being coordinated by the American Gas Association, which gas utilities fund with money from their customers’ monthly bills. That means that your money is being used to promote fossil fuels. Federal regulators are considering clamping down on this unfair practice.

• LYING TO COVER UP GAS’S FAILURES

When gas failures caused widespread blackouts during Winter Storm Uri in February 2021, killing hundreds of Texans, gas-funded politicians in Texas blanketed the media to falsely blame the outages on clean energy.

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