“Despite desperate attempts by the oil and gas industry to persuade policymakers that their products have a future in a climate-safe world, a rational look at the data clearly shows otherwise,” Lorne Stockman, report author and senior research analyst for Oil Change International, said in a statement. “Any way you slice it—be it cost, reliability, or climate—gas is a loser and it’s time to move on.”

OCI’s report comes as natural gas production and exports are reaching new heights under the Trump administration’s polluter-friendly agenda.

In a press release on Tuesday, U.S. Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes touted the White House’s efforts to spread “freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy.”

According to OCI, such efforts are a “recipe for climate breakdown.”

With the Trump administration aggressively pushing natural gas at home and abroad, Politico reported Wednesday that Democratic presidential contenders “have a far from unified position” on whether natural gas can play a role in tackling the climate emergency.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), as Common Dreams reported in March, released a climate agenda calling for an end to natural gas exports as well as a moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure. And Washington Gov. Jay Inslee won praise from environmentalists earlier this month for his bold plan to transition the U.S. to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

By contrast, former Vice President Joe Biden—the presumed Democratic frontrunner—is reportedly crafting a “middle ground” climate approach that would include so-called “fossil fuel options.”

To Stockman, the time for debating whether to leave the door open to fossil fuel solutions has long passed.

“We simply have no more time to debate what’s already been settled,” Stockman said. “We must move swiftly to a fully renewable energy economy and leave all fossil fuels, including gas, behind.”

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