For Climate Relief, United States Will Turn to Gas


The following is an excerpt from an article concerning America’s inevitable transition from carbon-based energy. If what the researchers at MIT have concluded is true, we may be hearing a lot more about natural gas in the near future.

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If the United States — and by extension the world — has a hope of shifting to a low-carbon future, that shift will almost certainly involve burning a vast volume of natural gas. So concludes an assessment by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, who estimate that the US could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector by at least 10 percent virtually overnight by shutting down inefficient coal-fired plants and ramping up gas-powered generators.

“In a carbon-constrained future, gas plays a particularly important role as a bridge,” says Ernest Moniz, who headed the project as director of MIT’s Energy Initiative (MITEI).

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For Climate Relief, US Will Turn to Gas via Nature News

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7 Responses to For Climate Relief, United States Will Turn to Gas

  1. Peg Wehn July 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    British Petroleum better now not request off with a slap this week the general wrist since this incident. They have destroyed so many people’s livelihoods.

  2. July 5, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    @Peg Wehn: Thank u for your comments. I agree, BP has to and I believe will pay dearly for this oil spill. Our hearts and thoughts go out to oil victims being hit hard on gulf coast. Remember them always.

  3. Rita(@trway1) July 7, 2010 at 4:57 am #

    I just gave you a follow on Twitter. Small amounts of natural gas are OK but but bigger amounts are poisonous. Mankind themselves make another problem by growing corn 4 Ethanol, and use too much land to grow  it. That means food for humans aren’t grown nearly as much. We just need to balance food needs and vehicle needs. 

    The solution is: all this Earth belongs to Everyone. All of the metal plastic sources etc., are all of ours. Electric car manufacturers don’t use very much materials in a car, so it shouldn’t be so expensive. Being enviro. friendly means keeping the price reasonable so everyone that wanted a car could have one. How friendly is it to include some people who can afford a car and exclude others who can’t afford one. People put too much value on money.  If we all worked together we could share what’s on this earth and not even One person would go hungry! 

    Solar power and windfarms are the way to go. I’ve heard of one set of windfarms are built too close to people and it makes way too much noise!  To be environmental Friendly means to be Friendly and not irritate people. So in that case, so what is the point of doing that then. 

    Recycling is not done nearly enough. That’s another thing that could be done and not stop till all cities have recycling. The building I live in, refuses to get More much needed recycling bins. You see some men do 1/2 a job and other men don’t want to do it. Then others like us want to do all we can and sometimes we can’t do hardly anything. I shake my head in disbelief?? Solution: get the gov. to tell most citizens they have to have Enough bins and they have to recycle. There’s a few citizens that can’t recycle, for various reasons and most of them could be helped to do that. As simple as that. There is enough jobs to go around. 

  4. July 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    @(@trway1): Thank you for your comments. You have touched on a lot of environmental issues and some of them have no concrete answer. It is amazing how many people are down on plastics because of petroleum base. True, there are some plastics made from other polymers and food substrated. Corn is being made into plastic and fiber for clothing. But, again we are using a food product. One area of truth for plastics, we all love our electronic toys, cars, children toys, tvs, ets. Plastic is essential for these products.
    In the future, there will be new technologies, but we have to get through this recession, to make sure we can fund these projects. Hope we don’t waste our money and energy on the current Energy Bill in Congress. Will only bring about higher fees and taxes for the American pubic.

  5. July 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    @Peg Wehn: I saw an article in newspaper this week. Said BP will get a gigantic tax deduction for its clean up costs. Millions. Wonder if feds will give them a pass on this like they gave BP a pass on well inspection 11 days before well exploded??

  6. CO2 Insanith July 18, 2010 at 2:24 am #

    I agree on the natural gas. I wish everyone else would figure this out. They waste time, effort and monyey on BS like wind power and solar. Natural gas is the way to go, at least in the interim.

  7. July 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    @CO2 Insanith: Thanks for your comments. I am sending you a link for you to see.
    U are right. Big money being wasted on wind and solar. But to hear the news, u would think that green power is taking over. It is just like AGW, lot of talk, but poor science, smoke and mirrors.
    Even with biofuels, Feds can’t make up mind about subsidies and U.S. does not have capacity to support or gasoline use.

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