Natural gas is one of the developing technologies that have many opportunities. But will those opportunities contribute to a more sustainable world?
GreenerIdeal.com examines several benefits of natural gas. "Natural gas is seen as a provider of a cleaner energy alternative with significantly lower emissions when you compare a natural gas-fired plant with a coal-fired one."
One of the largest benefits of natural gas is that it provides an effective transportation with limited environmental impact. Natural gas is easy to distribute, and can be safely transported as liquefied natural gas (LNG). It can also be transported across continents through a series of pipelines.
Another benefit of natural gas is to use them to fuel vehicles. Natural gas vehicles (NGV) emit up to 25% less CO2 gases when compared to other forms of fuel, which can help create a more sustainable world especially in highly populated urban areas.
One large hurdle natural gas supporters must overcome is the way natural gas is obtained. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves drilling a deep hole into dense shale rocks, whichdoes come with its own challenges.
If the risks of fracking can be overcome, there's no doubt natural gas can contribute to a more sustainable world.