Too often the nation’s energy needs and the quest for climate progress get pitted against each other in a game where ultimately there are lots of losers. It doesn’t have to be that way.
The increased use of natural gas has brought emissions down to their lowest levels in a generation. Natural gas and oil companies are investing billions of dollars in zero and low carbon technology and other ways to reduce their environmental footprint.
At the same time, natural gas is the main partner in the buildout and supply of renewable energy, fueling quick and reliable power generation when intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar aren’t available.
And petroleum-based products and materials are integral in manufacturing many of the components that go into wind and solar. U.S. natural gas can provide global benefits as well, exported as liquefied natural gas to struggling communities that don’t have access to reliable and clean energy.