Natural gas usage will have little effect on CO2 emissions, UCI-led study finds


Switching US electricity generation from coal- to natural gas-fired power stations would not significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions, researchers have found, despite gas plants’ lower emissions per unit of electricity generated. That’s chiefly because the shift would delay the deployment and cost-competitiveness of renewable electricity technologies for making electricity.

Abundant supplies of natural gas will do little to reduce harmful U.S. emissions causing climate change, according to researchers at UC Irvine, Stanford University, and the nonprofit organization Near Zero. They found that inexpensive gas boosts electricity consumption and hinders expansion of cleaner energy sources, such as wind and solar.

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