24 Sep '14, 7pm

Natural gas is not a good climate solution, even without methane leakage

Natural gas is not a good climate solution, even without methane leakage

With the boom in shale gas opened up by fracking, there’s been a lot more talk about natural gas as a “bridge fuel,” an energy source that could wean us off coal and smooth a transition to renewable energy. President Obama brought up this “bridge fuel” idea in this year’s State of the Union speech , a message echoed by the secretary of energy and Obama’s former “energy czar .” The natural gas industry, too, has been saying this for decades . But regular Grist readers will have heard the counter-arguments: that natural gas is actually a “bridge to nowhere ” or a “gateway drug .” One controversial factor that’s gotten a lot of attention lately is leakage — that is, if pipelines and other infrastructure leak a lot of methane gas, itself a powerful greenhouse gas, it could make overall emissions from natural gas as bad or worse than coal . However, the debate over leakage may ...

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