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Methane (CH4) is both the primary component of natural gas and also a highly potent greenhouse gas. Methane routinely leaks out from oil and gas wells, pipelines, and processing facilities into the atmosphere, exacerbating climate change. While there is a private incentive for operators to reduce methane leaks to capture and sell it as a valuable commodity, the private incentive to capture the gas falls far short of — around 1/10th of— the social costs imposed by its leakage. As a result, basic economics demonstrates that industry will exert insufficient effort to capture that gas, relative to the social …View Full Resource
Between 2008 and 2019, the twenty-two counties in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia that produce 90% of Appalachian natural gas badly trailed the nation in key measures of economic prosperity, including growth in jobs, personal income, and population. That’s despite the fact that, during this period, economic output grew at a rate three times faster than that of the nation.
The immense growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in the twenty-two counties we’ll call “Frackalachia” was driven by a natural gas production boom, which caused the Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas sector to grow from 4% of Frackalachia’s economy …View Full Resource
This report explores the economic impact of the oil and natural gas industry in the United States. These impacts are the result of three channels: direct impacts from the employment and production within the oil and natural gas industry; indirect impacts through the industry’s purchases of intermediate and capital goods from a variety of other US industries; and induced impacts from the personal purchases of employees and business owners both within the oil and natural gas industry and its supply chain, as well as from the personal spending by shareholders out of the dividends received from oil and natural …View Full Resource
What role might natural gas play in deep decarbonization? Some think natural gas should play no role at all, while others think we can continue to use natural gas in the future as we have in the past. In fact, we need a third, or middle path, in which we steadily reduce our reliance on natural gas while simultaneously, and radically, improving natural gas’ environmental performance. This paper lays out in detail what that middle path looks like. The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) has addressed policy specifics elsewhere, whereas this paper is focused on the feasibility of …View Full Resource
The Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) is conducting a major study titled The Role of Natural Gas in a Decarbonized World to identify options, develop pathways, and inform policy that directly address these tensions. This report summarizes the discussions of more than 200 experts from research organizations, think tanks, investment firms, and other disciplines to discuss the potential role of natural gas in a low carbon future. The eight regionally-focused workshops led to the cross-cutting and region specific insights described in this report. These and other insights will inform future analyses of global natural gas supply and demand in the context …View Full Resource
The phrase, “Renewable Natural Gas” (RNG), puts a positive face on the recovery and reuse of methane gas leaching out of landfills. One that is entirely justified, as RNG is every bit as green from a financial aspect as it is from an environmental one. This is particularly important today, as the United States has rejoined the Paris Accord with a renewed commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and is looking seriously at options including carbon credits and carbon taxes to drive down the use of fossil fuels and preserve a cleaner world for future generations.
In this paper, we will …View Full Resource
This first-of-its-kind analysis provides investors, operators, natural gas purchasers, policymakers and regulators with the data needed to directly compare relative emissions intensity and total reported methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide emissions for nearly 300 U.S. oil and gas producers. The results reveal dramatic variability between companies and basins.…View Full Resource
This fact sheet examines how California can decarbonize with the help of renewable natural gas (RNG).…View Full Resource
Growth in U.S. shale gas production has driven the development of natural gas pipelines from producing regions to consuming markets, typically in different states. If long-term growth trends in U.S. shale gas continue, the need for new pipelines could be substantial. One recent analysis by the pipeline industry projected over 30 billion cubic feet per day of new pipeline capacity would be needed through 2025. This new infrastructure could amount to several thousand miles of additional interstate pipeline and on the order of $40 billion in capital investment.
Under the Natural Gas Act, companies seeking to build interstate natural gas …View Full Resource
This fact sheet explains how the transportation sector can decarbonize with renewable natural gas.…View Full Resource