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Friday, May 8, 2015

Expert: Reality Calls for Embracing Natural Gas as a Bridge Fuel

From the Wall Street Journal:
TODD MYERS: The Obama administration’s energy policy goal has been to leap from a high-carbon economy to a low-carbon economy. To that end, it adopted rules that virtually rule out new coal energy generation and discourage natural-gas production, such as the president’s opposition to the Keystone pipeline. 
The problem with this approach is the inability to recognize that transitioning to a low-carbon economy requires that we embrace natural gas as a transition fuel. 
Between 2005 and 2014, energy generated by natural gas increased by twice the amount of non-hydro renewables. By way of contrast, solar energy represents only 0.4% of all electrical generation in the U.S., compared with natural gas which accounts for 27%. 
Thinking that solar will replace coal and natural gas electricity any time in the near future is to ignore reality.
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