13 Jun '11, 3pm

Is natural gas becoming a cover for the same old dirty fossil fuels industry?

One of the great ironies of the transition to renewable energy is that it's going to require a great deal of fossil fuels to build all those wind turbines, solar panels, and smart grids -- because we simply don't have enough renewables already in the mix to bootstrap them up to the level we need to continue even a semblance of our 21st century civilization. So why not make that transition with the "cleanest" fossil fuel available, goes the argument -- namely, natural gas. So far so good. But lately, in op-eds in places like The New York Times and Salon.com, this argument has been used as cover for the same old an anti-cleantech, do-nothing attitude that Exxon Mobil and its army of deniers have been espousing for decades. As Brian Merchant points out in Treehugger , "be forewarned -- a storm of high-minded, seemingly well-reasoned arguments that natural gas is 'green' loomi...

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