American Gas Association

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
35%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Washington, United States
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

American Gas Association (AGA) is engaging with climate change policy with mostly negative positions. AGA shows general support for climate regulation in line with the Paris Agreement, with the clear qualification that fossil gas is included in and supported by any policy effort. The association also appears to prefer voluntary, market-led efforts to reduce emissions: in 2020, for example, a post on its organizational blog “True Blue Natural Gas” argued that technological innovation and energy efficiency will drive emissions reductions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, making efforts such as a carbon tax and policy-driven electrification unnecessary. A 2019 report sponsored by AGA lays out the case against policy-driven electrification. While issuing top-line support for energy efficiency standards, 2020 regulatory comments hinge this support on the inclusion of industry consultations, ensuring that any resulting policy does not divert consumer choice from fossil gas. In 2020, AGA commended the Affordable Clean Energy rule as a replacement to the Clean Power Plan given the flexibility afforded to individual states through the lack of mandates.

The CEO of American Gas Association, Karen Harbert, formerly served as head of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute. After joining AGA in 2019, she was outspoken against the US Green New Deal, arguing that the proposal does a “disservice” to the climate conversation given its extremely "unrealistic" goals for renewable energy. AGA did not take a stance on the proposed rollback of methane standards in its 2019 regulatory comments, although in the same year Harbert pointed to strict methane regulations as one example of “draconian” policy measures to regulate the oil and gas industry. Similarly, AGA has not taken a stance on a federal carbon tax or cap-and-trade, though Harbert spoke out in 2020 against “one size fits all” climate policies such as carbon pricing.

American Gas Association supports a permanent role for fossil gas in the energy mix, with Harbert claiming in 2020 that fossil gas remains “foundational in our energy landscape”. In 2020, AGA defended the Natural Gas Act as a roadmap for increasing fossil gas infrastructure, and strongly opposed state action to bar cities from banning fossil gas pipelines. In 2019, it lobbied for reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act that would remove cumulative greenhouse gas emissions from consideration in impact assessments, among other changes. In a 2020 report titled “Benefits to the Economy through the Direct Use of Natural Gas,” AGA touted the economic growth, jobs, and individual savings resulting from an increased use of fossil gas in the energy mix. In March 2021, CEO Karen Harbert seemed to oppose proposals to ban fossil gas hookups for new residential buildings, calling the idea "dead wrong".

American Gas Association hosts all climate-related regulatory comments and testimonials on its website. It also publishes a full list of organizational members and executive leadership positions.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
0 1 NA NS NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
NS NS NA NS NS -1 NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
-1 NS NA NS -1 -1 NA
Support of UN Climate Process
NS NS NA NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
1 NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax
NS -2 NA NS -2 -1 NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS NA NS -1 NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
-1 NS NA -1 -2 NS NA
Renewable Energy
NS NS NA NS NS NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
-1 -1 NA -1 -2 -1 NA
GHG Emission Regulation
NS -1 NA -1 NS 0 NA
Disclosure on Relationships
2 NA NA NA NA NA NA