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One of the more bizarre stories to come out of the fossil fuel industry -- the U.S. Department of Energy is rebranding natural gas as "freedom gas." What do we think of this rebranding? 

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Bob Meinetz on May 30, 2019

Christopher in 2004, as the U.S. disaster in Iraq was unfolding and our tragic mistake was building the foundations for ISIS, I visited the Rayburn House Office Building, just a stone's throw from the U.S. Capitol. At the time there was controversy about renaming ordinary french fries "Freedom Fries" in the cafeteria there. When I ate lunch, in the bin there they were - what looked like french fries, clearly marked as Freedom Fries.

I innocently asked the server what the difference was. He smiled. "Same thing," he said.

I suspect methane, once rebranded "natural gas" and now "freedom gas", is the same old methane too. It seems one of the favored techniques of a government firmly under the thumb of its oil industry is rebranding everyday items to further its sponsor's illicit aims. In 2004, it was the theft of oil from the Middle East; in 2019, it's the domination of U.S. electricity markets under the pretense of building a "bridge to renewables" - one with no end.

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