There have long been arguments in favor of renewables development, such as wind and solar energy, to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While renewable energy will replace fossile energy in the future, this infographic offers a new perspective on the harmony between renewables and natural gas, and how they complement each other to address both the energy needs in the country and the alarming global climate change. Several research laboratories, business associations and news agencies have agreed to recognize the importance of natural gas, the cleanest fossil energy, in providing low-carbon energy solutions as the “rapid backup” for those intermittent sources like solar and wind energy. Therefore, future investment in both natural gas and renewables are necessary to address the pressing energy needs in the future in the most effective way.
Source: Energy in Depth
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Shale development is giving farmers new opportunities and choices. From Arkansas, Ohio, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas to Pennsylvania, American farmers are benefitting from royalty payments and lower energy prices. Testimonials from farmers across the country have confirmed another positive effect of shale development, which is to keep people in agriculture and give this industry a much needed boost, according to Energy In Depth.
Energy in Depth recently released a report they conducted based on data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. The report shows that methane emissions from some of the most prolific shales in the United States have fallen considerably.
For instance, in basins that incorporate the Utica and Marcellus shales, methane emissions fell by 55 percent and 10 percent. The San Juan Basin – a zone that activists against racking have guaranteed has climbing emissions – really lessened methane discharges by six percent. In the Anadarko Basin – which incorporates allotments of western Oklahoma, one of the top oil and gas producing states –methane emanations diminished by 34 percent. Emissions has also diminished significantly in Texas, which is driving the United States in oil and gas production: In the Permian and Gulf Coast Basins, methane outflows diminished by 9 percent and 18 percent.
The increased use of natural gas is helping to reduce greenhouse emissions as energy production continues to grow in the United States.The video below provides some great stats, visualizations and insight into this phenomenon.
During a speech at Northwestern University earlier in the month
, President Obama surprised many in the anti-fracking crowd with strong support for domestic oil and natural gas production. President Obama spoke on the economic benefits, as well as the energy independence, provided by domestic natural gas exploration.
The President again called out America’s 100 year supply of natural gas, noting that our abundant natural energy resources were a prime factor in drawing jobs back from overseas plants and manufacturing centers. Energy In Depth staff member Ben Seifer notes that low-cost, abundant domestic energy sources “go hand-in-hand with a healthy manufacturing sector, which uses the fuel as a key feedstock.”
Mr. Seifer further noted that abundant, affordable supplies of natural gas have helped kickstart a resurgence in domestic manufacturing, due to energy rates that are 2.6 to 3.8 lower than overseas competitors, according to a report from the Boston Consulting Group.
President Obama had this to say on the matter: “American manufacturing has added more than 700,000 new jobs. It’s growing almost twice as fast as the rest of the economy. And more than half of all manufacturing executives have said they’re actively looking at bringing jobs back from China.”
How productive have America’s domestic hydraulic fracturing programs been in contributing to our national energy reserves?
“Today, the number one oil and gas producer in the world is no longer Russia or Saudi Arabia; it’s America. For the first time in nearly two decades, we now produce more oil than we buy from other countries. We’re doing it so fast that two years ago, I set a goal to cut our oil imports in half by 2020 – and we will meet that goal this year.”
There you have it.