The gas industry of the future could manufacture and deliver renewable fuels, rather than mining and processing natural gas.
A new pathway for the global energy transition shows how the world can meet the Paris Agreement's 1.5C warming goal without relying on carbon capture and storage, by creating a renewable gas industry.
Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih.
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The oil-exporting organization may have mustered the political will to cut production, but its disunity remains intact.
Fracking was on the ballot in Colorado’s midterm elections.
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Big oil and gas companies spent far more fighting this ballot initiative than the measure's supporters did.
Opportunities to help drive the energy transition are everywhere - even in Western Australia’s remote salt pans.
Peter C. Doherty
Nobel Prizewinning health researcher Peter Doherty reflects on the challenge of delivering a healthy climate for the world. From hydrogen power to wooden skyscrapers, the options are endless, but all require leadership.
Are there greener pastures ahead for gas?
By embracing natural gas made from renewable sources, we can still use gas for heating, cooking and industry, while slashing greenhouse emissions and even keeping much of the same infrastructure.
In Colorado, fracking often occurs right next to where people live.
Tara O'Conner Shelley
Landowners told researchers that they lacked the knowledge, time and money to advocate for themselves, their financial interests and their property in negotiations over drilling leases.
Old Delhi skyline.
The case for pragmatism, not dogma.
Virginia Delegate Chris Hurst, a Democrat, at a Mountain Valley Pipeline protest before he took office.
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Whether they aim to stop pipelines in Virginia or block Pacific Northwest export terminals, organizers are trying to 'keep it in the ground' to save the climate.
California’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was shut down in 2013.
Commercial nuclear reactors provide roughly one-fifth of the electricity produced in the US. But they face grave threats to their continued operation.
One historic handshake in Helsinki.
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Not only does U.S. law bar price-fixing, there are bipartisan efforts underway to make it possible to sue OPEC members in American courts for antitrust violations.
Vladimir Putin, autographing a natural gas pipeline in Vladivostok.
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Even if Asia buys most of the natural gas the U.S. will be exporting soon, America's growing role in that market could wind up reducing Russia's political influence in Europe.
Oil drilling produces natural gas that often gets burned on the spot, going to waste.
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Energy that otherwise would go to waste might someday power industrial-scale condensation.
The authors conferring at a natural gas facility in Colorado.
Colorado State University
This new and more accurate estimate means that replacing coal with natural gas doesn't do as much to reduce climate change as it should.
A aerial view of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain tank farm is pictured in Burnaby, B.C. The federal government is buying Trans Mountain and all of Kinder Morgan Canada’s core assets. Opposition to pipeline construction in Canada has transformed over the decades, shifting from being a local issue to one of global concerns.
THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
Canada has a long history of building energy pipelines against a backdrop of environmental uncertainty. Decades ago, the opposition came from local groups. Now it's a global issue.
A drilling site next to farms and homes in Weld County, Colo.
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Many Coloradans feel powerless to protect themselves from pollution and other fallout caused by the state's fracking boom.
Block Island Wind, the first offshore wind energy project in the U.S., started operation in 2016.
A recent survey of electric utility leaders finds that Trump administration efforts to promote coal energy and roll back air pollution regulations have had little impact on their long-range plans.
Grid-scale energy storage systems may make it easier to rely completely on renewable energy.
Saving power to use later lets consumers, businesses and utilities generate energy when it's cheap and deliver it when they need it most. There's not much of it today, but the industry is growing fast.
Fracking wellpad in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, within state forest lands (2012).
Shale gas exploitation in the US has helped cut is greenhouse gas emissions by 11%. A study explores what would happen if this were expanded globally, and the findings challenge conventional wisdom.
The New Zealand government is introducing legislation to become zero-carbon by 2050, but will consider new permits for coal mining, offshore oil drilling and fracking on a case-by-case basis.
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Natural gas is touted as a “bridging fuel” to displace coal while moving to a low-carbon economy. In New Zealand, this is shortsighted and could lead to stranded assets and hold back renewables.
Shale gas drilling site, in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
Nicholas A. Tonelli
Natural gas is widely viewed as a clean fuel, but methane, its main component, is a powerful greenhouse gas. Two experts propose a plan for detecting and cutting methane leaks across North America.