Unplugged: The Gas Industry Is Fighting Efforts to 'Electrify Everything'

About the Series

In the U.S., several cities and states are moving to phase out direct use of fossil gas in buildings, opting for an “electrify everything” approach to addressing the climate crisis. But the gas industry and its trade associations are fighting back. This DeSmog investigative series examines the battle over efforts to ditch gas and electrify buildings across the United States.

We’ll explore the key industry players, including the American Public Gas Association (APGA), a national trade association for municipally owned gas utilities that is lobbying against electrification efforts, as well as various front groups tied to or funded by the gas industry. And we’ll highlight several cities that are actually funding gas industry trade associations like APGA, and unpack how that fossil fuel industry funding may be undermining these cities’ ambitious climate goals.

Image: Unplugged Credit: Lauren Walker / TruthoutCC BYNCND 2.0

In This Series


Deep in the heart of Texas, by far the nation's top oil producer, the city of San Antonio is starting to grapple with its reliance on fossil fuels. But the key player in implementing the Alamo Cit...

Nearly a year ago, the city of Palo Alto — home to Stanford University and the unofficial capital of Silicon Valley — joined a handful of other California cities in enacting an all-electric buildin...

Just over a year ago, the city of Berkeley, California, passed into law a first-in-the-nation ordinance prohibiting natural gas hookups in new buildings, a move that alarmed the gas industry. This ...