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Natural Gas: a "bridge" to where?

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By Bruce Baizel

May 23, 2011

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Now, as the issues of shale gas and hydraulic fracturing have focused attention on this sector, significant questions have emerged about the practicality and desirability of using natural gas as a bridge fuel.

One of the most interesting of the recent analyses of these questions is a report by David Hughes.  He suggests that a convergence of interests between the natural gas industry looking to hype a new production prospect with investors, the energy policy establishment looking for a new energy source to support future economic growth and large environmental interests looking for a simple way to lower carbon emissions gave rise to the natural gas as bridge fuel mantra.

The most interesting part of his report is a close look at the production numbers for natural gas and an assessment of whether it is even possible for natural gas to serve as a bridge fuel.  His bottom line:  that the bridge fuel concept for natural gas represents wishful thinking and is not possible to achieve.

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Tagged with: drilling, natural gas, bridge fuel

EARTHWORKS participates in STRONGER: a sadly necessary attempt to strengthen drilling regs

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By Bruce Baizel

November 5, 2010

EARTHWORKS' Oil & Gas Accountability Project is taking part in STRONGER a worthwhile, but Rube Goldbergian attempt to patch holes in regulations governing hazardous waste produced by the oil and gas industry.

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Tagged with: epa, drilling, regulation, stronger, iogcc

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