The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Isaac Pino discusses topics around the investing world.
In today's edition, Isaac discusses the implications of a recent report by the International Energy Agency, which laid out a scenario where natural gas consumption could rise by more than 50% over the next 25 years. The IEA deemed this new energy era the "Golden Age of Natural Gas." In Isaac's opinion, however, there were three interesting takeaways from the report:
- Vast untapped resources in the U.S. and China could allow for production levels to be sustained for more than 250 years.
- "Fracking" can take place with a near-zero impact on the environment with only a 7% increase in costs.
- Despite its attractiveness as a cheap, cleaner fuel, natural gas is not going to solve climate change and could lead to the replacement of investments in many alternative-energy sources.
For investors, all roads point to greater adoption of the fuel as a replacement for petroleum-based products, and Isaac highlights the winners in the following video.
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