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Maximizing the climate benefits of natural gas exports

Paul Bledsoe writes on The Hill about the climate benefits of U.S. natural gas.

The C3 Take
  • A new report finds that U.S. natural gas could play a pivotal role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • If Europe were to switch its coal power generation to U.S. LNG generation, it would be able to reduce its carbon emissions by 40 to 50 percent.
  • In China, the world’s largest emitter by far, switching from coal to LNG would slash nearly 35 percent of the country’s CO2 emissions.
  • American energy can and should play a central role in addressing climate change and bolstering energy security around the world.

“Some opponents of gas contend that new gas pipelines will lock in long-term emissions, but much gas infrastructure can be retrofitted to carry hydrogen or carbon dioxide captured from power plants. European companies announced recently they will build new power plants that will run first on gas, then on hydrogen produced from gas with carbon capture and storage, and finally on hydrogen made using renewable energy. These investments are an example of what many energy technology experts expect to be a variegated electricity production system, with the wide range of natural gas and hydrogen related plants getting power from differing but increasingly clean sources.”

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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