06 Nov '12, 2pm

Has Shale Gas Reduced Carbon Emissions?: Filed under: Energy News

Has Shale Gas Reduced Carbon Emissions?: Filed under: Energy News

Last week, I wrote that the U.S. is on course to set a new export record of coal . A few days later the EIA made similar projections and estimate that exports will reach 125 million tons for 2012 . One side effect of the success of U.S. coal exports is the degree to which may they have cancelled out the carbon emissions reduction experienced in the U.S. as shale gas displaced coal in the power generation sector. This question of displacement was addressed in a study just released by researchers at the University of Manchester. The Study’s lead author Dr. John Broderick had this comment on how the coal to gas switching is being broadly viewed. “Research papers and newspaper column inches have focused on the relative emissions from coal and gas. However, it is the total quantity of CO2 from the energy system that matters to the climate.” “The calculations presented in this r...

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