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How to greenwash’: propane industry tries to rebrand fuel as renewable

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Arielle Samuelson's report in The Guardian exposes the Propane Education & Research Council (Perc), a US lobbying group, spending nearly $30 million to promote propane as "clean" or "renewable" energy, downplaying its true climate impacts. Recordings reveal Perc's strategy to market propane as clean energy, despite acknowledging its inaccuracies in a November 2022 meeting. Propane, primarily derived from natural gas or crude oil, emits carbon dioxide, challenging Perc's claims of it being a clean solution. Experts criticize Perc's misleading assertions, categorizing them as greenwashing, as the lobbying group increases its annual ad spending over 17-fold from 2021 to 2022-23. Perc's efforts to rebrand propane are met with skepticism from clean-energy experts and raise concerns about misleading consumers and policymakers.

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