13 Apr '11, 2am

Natural Gas Needs Tighter Production Practices to Reduce Global Warming Pollution

A paper about the global warming pollution from natural gas production, due to be published online this week, is already making news and is sure to make a lot more. That’s because the analysis by Robert Howarth and colleagues at Cornell calls into question the image of natural gas as a cleaner “bridge fuel” to the truly clean energy system we need to solve global warming. We already knew that natural gas is a cleaner burning fuel than coal. That means when it’s burned at a power plant to generate electricity for our homes, it emits far less carbon dioxide pollution than coal - as well as far less mercury and other forms of air pollution. But the production of natural gas – including its extraction process and transport to power plants can result in significant air and water pollution for surrounding communities and our atmosphere. For example, extraction releases toxic pol...

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