California Ditched Coal; SoCal Gas Worries It’s Next

A sign marking the boundary of the Aliso Canyon storage facility is pictured in Porter Ranch on January 6, 2016. (Credit: JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)

A sign marking the boundary of the Aliso Canyon storage facility is pictured in Porter Ranch on January 6, 2016. (Credit: JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)

Every day, millions of Californians burn a planet-warming fossil fuel to cook dinner, stay warm or take a hot shower.

Persuading people to stop using that fuel, natural gas, is shaping up to be the next act in California’s war on climate change.

And unlike the state’s successful push to ditch coal — which mostly affected out-of-state mines and power plants, and was relatively painless for California residents and businesses — early efforts to phase out gas are already facing pushback from a powerful homegrown company.

Southern California Gas Co., which serves nearly 22 million people from the Central Valley to the U.S.-Mexico border, is determined to prevent a future without gas from coming to pass, even if it may not arrive for years or decades. The utility has begun a sweeping campaign to preserve the role of its pipelines in powering society — an outcome critics say would undermine California’s efforts to fight climate change.

Read the full story on LATimes.com

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