Methane-rich gas is poor alternative to renewable electricity

A Spotlight series item by Lorrie Kaplan, Ashland.News March 23, 2022

In recent decades, a wide range of high-quality studies show unequivocally that the use of “natural” gas is a significant factor in global warming — and really bad for our health.

Here are the facts: “Natural” gas is about 90% methane — a highly potent greenhouse gas. Methane leaks into the atmosphere when “natural” gas is extracted, processed and transported (see for yourself on YouTube).

As pipelines age, leaking will likely increase. The global warming impact of methane is 86 times greater than carbon dioxide over its first 20 years in the atmosphere, and at least 25 times greater after 100 years. That’s right: worse than carbon dioxide.

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