Natural Gas

 

An environmentally friendly and efficient energy source, natural gas is the cleanest-burning conventional fuel, producing lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions than heavier hydrocarbon fuels such as coal and oil. Historically, natural gas also has been one of the most economical energy sources. Natural gas fuels electric power generators, heats buildings and is used as a raw material in many consumer products, such as those made of traditional plastics.

Natural gas is more plentiful and more cost-effective for most people than renewable sources of energy, such as wind, solar and biofuels. One day, hopefully renewable energy can replace coal and oil as energy sources. Dismissed as a useless byproduct of crude oil production until the second half of the 20th century, natural gas now accounts for 23 percent of the world’s energy consumption with growing demand.The International Energy Agency predicts that the demand for natural gas will grow by approximately 44 percent through 2035.

Bottom line?

  • Natural gas is inherently efficient and abundant throughout the United States and Canada, providing clean energy for a wide range of local uses in homes, schools, and businesses.
  • When burned, natural gas produces about 45 percent less carbon dioxide than coal, about 30 percent less than oil, and about 15 percent less than wood.
  • Natural gas is extremely efficient when it combusts, producing heat, water vapor and carbon dioxide; cleanest fossil fuel.
  • Produces almost no carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, dissolved solids or airborne particulates, all of which can be harmful to human and animal health.
  • Automatically lowers your reliance on electric utilities that burn coal or inefficiently use natural gas to make that electricity.
  • Helps lower carbon emissions, smog and acid rain.

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