The “Pants on Fire” Award

Clean Coal. “Vermont” Gas. “Sustainable” Fossil Fuels. This industry will really say anything to promote its climate-roasting product.

Take Vermont Gas for instance. If this company were selling maple syrup instead of fracked gas, it would be in violation of state laws prohibiting false advertising. Its fossil fuel doesn’t come from Vermont.  In fact, two years ago Vermont banned the practice of fracking for oil and gas because it’s so dirty, dangerous and expensive.

Now “Vermont” Gas has told another whopper, this time in proceedings at the Public Service Board (PSB). Asked whether it would admit that “natural gas extracted from underground geological formations is a finite fossil fuel energy source and therefore Vermont’s consuming it for energy is not sustainable,” the company said this:

“VGS ADMITS THAT NATURAL GAS IS A FOSSIL FUEL. AS TO THE REMAINDER, DENIED. VGS BELIEVES THAT NATURAL GAS IS A SUSTAINABLE FUEL SOURCE.

Really? The company denies that fossil fuel is a finite resource? Suddenly fracked gas is sustainable??

It’s probably not easy defending fossil fuel as we learn more each day about the threat it poses to our way of life. But really, by refusing to admit that fracked gas is a finite and unsustainable energy source, Vermont Gas is deserving of a “Pants on Fire” award

You can let them know that yourself at the Public Hearing next week. The PSB is holding one more hearing so that citizens can voice their concerns about Phase 2 of the proposed fracked gas pipeline, from Middlebury under Lake Champlain to Ticonderoga, NY.

For meeting details and to RSVP, click here.