Here are some extracts from recent report from Climate Progress
-Air sampling by NOAA over Colorado Finds 4% Methane Leakage, More Than Double Industry Claims
… unless leakage rates for new methane can be kept below 2%, substituting gas for coal is not an effective means for reducing the magnitude of future climate change.
“It’s great to get some actual numbers from the field,” says Robert Howarth, a Cornell researcher…..industry has fought efforts to get more data.
The fact that natural gas is a bridge fuel to nowhere was also demonstrated by the International Energy Agency in its big June 2011 report on gas — see IEA’s “Golden Age of Gas Scenario” Leads to More Than 6°F Warming and Out-of-Control Climate Change. That study — which had both coal and oil consumption peaking in 2020 — made abundantly clear that if we want to avoid catastrophic warming, we need to start getting off of all fossil fuelsASAP.
by Ray Astbury