Here’s how you’re paying for the American Gas Association’s luxury retreat

October 5, 2023


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This weekend, the American Gas Association (AGA) is hosting an exclusive Executive Conference in Austin, Texas. This “by-invitation-only” event gathers CEOs and senior executives in the energy sector for a luxurious stay at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, a sprawling 4,000-acre sanctuary often dubbed as “the ultimate retreat.” But here’s the kicker: you might be unknowingly footing the bill for these extravagant get-togethers.

What is the American Gas Association?

Just about every gas utility nationwide is a member of the American Gas Association, which claims to be a non-political “utility trade association” despite spending millions every year on political lobbying and advertising in favor of methane gas. The AGA has helped pass state laws stripping local climate leaders of the right to pass climate-friendly building codes, launched fake front groups to promote fossil fuels, and hired Tobacco industry “experts” to undermine the science demonstrating the health threat of gas stoves. And guess what? They do it with money from gas utilities across the country—meaning nearly 70 million Americans could unknowingly fund the AGA’s opulent executive retreats and toxic misinformation campaigns.

The hidden costs on your gas bill

More than 1 in 5 Americans are struggling to pay their energy bills, which skyrocketed over the past year due to volatile “natural” gas prices. It’s unconscionable that millions of Americans are being forced to pay for utility executives to indulge in industry-sponsored golf tournaments and lavish luncheons. These are venues where executives pat each other on the back with awards, all while scheming ways to hike your gas bill even further.

New England’s largest utility cuts ties with the AGA

But last month, major utility company Eversource severed its relationship with the AGA. The utility cited a desire to focus spending on “more targeted associations and memberships with a focus on decarbonization.” If a giant like Eversource can take such a bold step, there’s no reason other utilities can’t follow suit. Notable companies like Xcel Energy, Con Edison, National Grid, and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) continue to funnel your hard-earned money into the AGA’s accounts. It’s time these industry leaders put their money where their mouth is and break up with the American Gas Association.

Tell your utility to cut ties with the American Gas Association

No one should be forced to pay for fossil fuel lobbying every time they pay a gas bill! Contact your utility provider and demand they cut ties with the American Gas Association. It’s time for CEOs and senior leaders to be accountable and transparent about where customer funds are going. Let’s fund clean energy rather than subsidizing extravagant executive retreats and fossil fuel industry lobbying.

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