Natural Gas

Today, because of technological advancements including the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, America has access to previously unreachable stores of natural gas.

The result? The United States has become the world’s leader in natural gas production with a 100-yr supply of safe, clean-burning natural gas.  In fact, there is such an abundance that EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2017 predicted the U.S. to become a net exporter of natural gas on an annual basis by 2018.  This will not only boost the U.S. economy, but also our allies who want secure, reliable sources of energy.

 

Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

Americans have always known that natural gas is a clean-burning source of energy.  But, let’s take a look at some of the ways that it is helping address climate change:

  • As a result of the increased use of natural gas in the country, we’ve been able to reduce our carbon emissions from energy to near 25-year lows.
  • Methane emissions from the natural gas industry fell 16.3 percent between 1990 and 2015, during which natural gas production increased 50 percent – primarily due to industry leadership and voluntary technological innovation.
  • Natural gas enables renewable energy use to grow by providing reliable and affordable power when the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine.
  • The growth of versatile natural gas for electricity, heating, industry, and transportation will only serve to increase environmental benefits of natural gas.

 

Economic Benefits of Natural Gas

America’s abundance of natural gas is also driving economic benefits to American families, businesses and government agencies:

These economic and climate benefits can continue to grow with smart governmental policies that allow increased natural gas production and the construction of vital energy infrastructure for delivery.