Natural Gas is Cleaner

Natural Gas Is The Clean Way To Fight Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Smog, Acid Rain, And Poor Air Quality

While anti-energy activists are going around doing and saying whatever they want to reduce America’s reliance on natural gas and increase our dependence on foreign oil imports, there’s one thing they cannot deny:

Natural gas is the cleanest, most abundant, most affordable energy option this country’s got right now – in no small part thanks to what’s happening in the Barnett Shale, where there’s enough gas to generate 300 years of electricity in Texas!

So while this little group of activists is tossing around a bunch of half-truths, here’s the whole truth that Texans need to know:

  • Natural gas reduces greenhouse gas emissions.  Burning natural gas gives off about 30 percent less carbon dioxide than oil, and just under 45 percent less than coal.
     
  • Natural gas is better for the air. Emissions of particulates from burning natural gas are 90 percent lower than from burning oil, and 99 percent lower than burning coal.
     
  • Natural gas reduces emissions that cause acid rain. Burning natural gas gives off next to nothing in the way of sulfur dioxide and as much as 80 percent less nitrogen oxides than burning coal. So increasing our use of natural gas could decrease the kinds of emissions that cause acid rain.
     
  • Natural gas doesn’t contribute to smog. Since natural gas emits low levels of nitrogen oxides and hardly any particulates, it’ doesn't contribute significantly to smog formation. That means it can be especially helpful in places like Fort Worth, where ground-level air quality is an issue.
     
  • Natural gas gives off fewer pollutants. When natural gas is burned for things like generating electricity or in industrial boilers, it releases lower levels of nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide, and other particulates – and barely any sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions.
     
  • Natural gas is a cleaner fuel option for transportation. Here’s what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has to say about natural gas as a transportation fuel: When compared to typical vehicles, running vehicles on compressed natural gas results in reduced carbon monoxide emissions of 90 to 97 percent and reduced carbon dioxide emissions of 25 percent.
     
  • Natural gas represents a “bridge to a low-carbon future.” Activists keep talking about a low-carbon future. Well, natural gas is the way to get there. Ernest Moniz, director of the MIT Energy Initiative, says a study from his group confirms that “natural gas truly is a bridge to a low-carbon future.”