Recode/CNN (CNN) – The idea of being a natural gas town has become a meme.

From mayor to CEO, mayors have become part of the zeitgeist.

They are part of this conversation.

They want to be on the forefront of these developments.

And they want to know where their neighbors are and where their friends are coming from.

The New York Times recently ran an article titled “The New Landmark in Natural Gas.”

The title is a great illustration of how a good mayor can be a great force for natural gas.

I can tell you I am proud of how natural gas has affected the world.

And, as a result, I have a lot of respect for mayors.

But what I found most fascinating about the article was how mayors have been able to have an influence on the natural gas industry, even as they are doing their best to avoid the consequences of this technology.

So, how do mayors impact natural gas?

And what is the next great challenge for mayors?

Recode’s Andrew Zimmern spoke with a number of mayors and natural gas experts, including John Reilly, the former president of the National Governors Association, about their own views on natural gas and how they view it.

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