Technological innovations have led to a sharp rise in natural gas production in the past decades. Proponents of natural gas have touted the fuel as a reliable, cheap, and clean energy source capable of reducing emissions enough to combat climate change.
Power generation from natural gas does emit less carbon per unit of energy produced, and will help the U.S. transition to a low emission economy. But, simply replacing coal and oil-fired plants with natural gas plants will not decarbonize the American economy by the amount needed to meet emission targets.
This fact sheet summarizes key developments to the natural gas industry, and clarifies what they mean for climate change discourse and mitigation.
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