Environmental Organizations Adopt Climate Litigation Tactics To Push Gas Bans

Environmentalist groups have been trying to chip away at residential natural gas for several years with increasingly restrictive building codes and building decarbonization mandates. Now the campaign is taking a leaf out of the climate litigation playbook, turning to the courts to try to pressure utilities to reduce emissions by reducing the type of energy they can provide to customers.

Last week, a trio of environmental organizations—Environment America Research and Policy Center, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, and ClientEarth—sued Washington Gas Light in D.C. Superior Court to try to prevent the company from promoting natural gas as clean and sustainable. (As a part of the Public Interest Network, PIRG shares an affiliation with Environment America which Energy In Depth has previously called out for recycling thoroughly debunked reports and redefining definitions to fit its agenda.)

The groups are choosing the litigious route after neighboring Maryland and other states failed to ban natural gas outright in residences and businesses following a long campaign by environmental groups.

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