Natural Gas Electricity Emits 47% Fewer Greenhouse Gases Than Coal: New Analysis

Even factoring upstream emissions of methane from flaring and leaks (that is, leaks and burning of gas before the end user flips the switch) natural gas emits far less greenhouse gases than does burning coal. That's the word of a new study from Worldwatch Institute and Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors.Saya Kitasei from Worldwatch Inst.,

Despite a substantial increase in the methane assume to be admitted from natural gas production, we found that US natural gas-fired electricity generation still released 47% fewer greenhouse gases than coal from source to use.

The remaining question, considering the expected in not guaranteed increase in the amount of natural gas obtained by fracking and the higher-than-usual emissions from that, how much does the advantage that natural gas has over coal decrease?

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