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In support of Reach Codes

From: Lydia W. Lee <"Lydia>
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 21:24:06 -0700

Dear Councilmembers,

Recently, I asked an energy consultant about natural gas vs. electricity.
Beyond the environmental concerns, his take was that natural gas was so
potent a form of energy, we should conserve it for applications like
welding and rocket fuel, and that it was a waste to expend natural gas on
raising air temperatures a few degrees, for instance. Essentially, way
overkill for the job at hand!

And while utility companies talk about how natural gas burns very
efficiently to produce heat and electricity, the burning of it still
produces substantial carbon emissions. It also produces nitrogen oxides
(NOx), a pollutant that forms smog. Natural gas is also composed primarily
of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and extracting and transporting it
results in a significant amount of leakage. Approximately two-thirds of the
natural gas in the U.S. is extracted by fracking, a controversial technique
that involves pumping water at high pressure into rock fissures.

Electricity is the more environmentally friendly option since it has the
potential to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and slow global warming
by being produced through renewable resources such as solar, wind, and
water power. Electric heat pumps and induction cooking outstrip their
natural gas counterparts in terms of energy efficiency, and offer fine-tune
control over temperature.

Our city can show leadership in reducing our natural gas use by encouraging
all-electric construction through Reach Codes. Please support initiatives
that can only happen at a governmental level in order to address the
enormous problem of climate change.

Lydia Lee
Menlo Park resident
Received on Mon Aug 26 2019 - 21:16:59 PDT

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