Gas A ‘Major Detour’ In Pursuit Of Lower Carbon Emissions, Study Finds

September 25, 2014 8:32 PM

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Gas A ‘Major Detour’ In Pursuit Of Lower Carbon Emissions, Study Finds

Natural gas burns cleaner than coal, but for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, neither excels. Natural gas is not the “bridge fuel” to a low-carbon future as many, including U.S. President Barack Obama, have claimed, and switching will do little to curb U.S. carbon emissions, a new study published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters states.

The new research, which comes on the heels of Tuesday’s United Nations climate summit in New York City, suggests that while natural gas looks promising in the short term, over time its emissions-reducing effect becomes negligible. Abundant natural gas, researchers from the University of California a...

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