19 May '17, 11am

Natural Gas Pipelines Are Leaking

Natural Gas Pipelines Are Leaking

The CO2 emissions associated with the burning of natural gas are less than the CO2 emissions associated with an equivalent amount of coal. Because of this fact, natural gas is seen by many policy makers as a “clean” alternative to coal. In the last few years, however, climate activists have been pointing out two worrisome facts: (1) methane (natural gas) is a potent greenhouse gas — about 80 times more potent than CO2 (on a mass basis) during the first 20 years after the methane is released; and (2) our nation’s natural gas pipelines are much leakier than some people thought. Putting these facts together, some experts have concluded that “natural gas is worse than coal.” We need to transition away from natural gas At the BuildingEnergy 17 conference in Boston on March 9, 2017, four experts gave a presentation called “Methane Leaks, Public Policy, and the Future of Natural ...

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