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Greg Gerritt to ProJo: More natural gas infrastructure is not a good thing



To the Editor of the Providence Journal,

While I would prefer to celebrate the defeat of the poorly thought out plan to monetize the Providence Water Supply, April 4 2019 also brought another editorial in the Providence Journal’s regular series to convince us that building more natural gas infrastructure would be a good thing.

Today’s version is titled “A need for natural gas.” Everyone who is paying attention realizes that we need to reduce emissions by to zero in the next 15 to 20 years, and that our infrastructure is more than adequate to handle our gas needs as we dramatically reduce the use of gas and all other fossil fuels in the next 10 to 15 years so as to avert disasters of a scale never before seen by humanity. If our society builds gas infrastructure designed to last 40 or 50 years, we either lock in massive warming and the fires, storms, famines, and wars that will accompany a much warmer planet, or we lock in massive debt for useless infrastructure.

The Administrator of the Environment Council of Rhode Island, Greg Gerritt leads the RI Compost Initiative, for which received a 2012 EPA Region 1 Merit Award, is the watershed steward for, and founder of, Friends of the Moshassuck, and helped found the Green Party of the United States and the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island.