No to Natural Gas! Environmentalists Are Missing the Point

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Erratic weather behavior and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels in the at a new critical milestone of 400 parts per million have environmentalists arguing against President Obama's "all of the above" strategy. National Journal recently ran a piece detailing DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz's efforts to defend the policy and clarify the objects of the strategy. 

Environmentalists aren't satisfied with using another fossil fuel, natural gas, as a coal substitute for energy generation, and they want a strong push toward a zero-carbon solution. While there have been huge strides in wind and solar energy, we're still in the first inning of carbon reduction, and if we're ever to reach an energy portfolio levered to green energy, natural gas is the only option to get us there.  

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This segment is from Thursday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy and materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

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  • Report this Comment On March 01, 2014, at 4:32 PM, speculawyer wrote:

    They are not missing the point, you are. They are making a complex nuanced argument. The problem with natural gas is that although it is very clean and relatively low-carbon at the burner tip, there are a lot of other emissions & problems before that. Fracking can sometimes poison aquifers, there is a lot of 'fugitive methane' lost during the drilling & fracking process. There is a lot of methane lost pipelines and storage.

    You may agree with them or not but they are not the ones missing the point.

  • Report this Comment On March 02, 2014, at 1:26 AM, Pixma25 wrote:

    Environmentalists is an inaccurate label. They should be called "Survivalists"

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