In what was surely a tough announcement for the anti-fracking crowd, the feds this week reaffirmed what we all already knew: natural gas is hugely important for reducing emissions.
Recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that an increase in natural gas use in the country’s electricity generation mix is reducing CO2 emissions. Like, big time. So much so that emissions have actually fallen 33 percent from their peak in 2007.
In what will only be surprising to the Keep It In the Ground crowd, EIA credits natural gas for the rapid decline in emissions. Natural gas continues to increase its share of overall power generation across the country, and the environment is better for it.
Ironically, fractivists say they want to reduce emissions and save the environment. But their opposition to natural gas runs contrary to what they claim to support. Hmm, maybe it’s not really about the environment after all? We’ll leave that speculation to others.
Power sector emissions make up almost one-third of all CO2 emissions in the United States, meaning that more natural gas will mean lower emissions across the board.
Hopefully this will finally make those Green New Dealers admit what they have spent so long denying: natural gas is here to stay.