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Increased Use of Natural Gas Will Make Climate Change Worse, Not Better, New Study Predicts

The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that unconventional gas, mainly from shale, will supply nearly half of U.S. gas production by 2035. One benefit of tapping shale gas reserves like the Marcellus Shale beneath southern New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, is the belief it produces less greenhouse gas than coal. Opponents of shale development cite potential damage to health and the environment from hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," which injects a well with chemically treated water to stimulate production. They also have seized on the greenhouse gas study published by Cornell's Robert Howarth in the journal Climatic Change last spring. In that study, and in a follow-up released on Thursday, Howarth said methane leakage at the well, along aging pipelines and at other points give shale gas development a worse greenhouse gas footprint than that o...

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