NATURAL GAS ENERGY

Natural gas is a non-renewable source of energy and the cleanest of all the fossil fuels. The combustion of natural gas releases very small amounts of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, with negligible amounts of ash and low levels of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Natural gas is very abundant in the United States and can be used in many ways to reduce our dependence in foreign oil, and to help reduce the emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere. The combustion of natural gas emits about 30% less carbon dioxide than oil, and under 45% less carbon dioxide than coal. The latest estimates indicate that there are over 2,500 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas in the United States. However, by using the hydraulic fracturing method or “Fracking” it is now possible to extract vast amounts of gas and oil that formerly were considered inaccessible. The United States has more natural gas than Saudi Arabia has oil.  

Natural gas is a major source of energy for the generation of electricity. The electricity is generated at the power generating stations using gas turbines and steam turbines. Natural gas has been known as a very usable source of energy. It can be used for electricity generation, industrial applications, residential, commercial, transportation, and other miscellaneous uses.  The maximum usage of oil is in transportation, and for that reason it is imperative that more NATURAL GAS (which is very abundant in this country) is used for this purpose. This can be accomplished by converting the fuel used on large trucks from gasoline or diesel oil to natural gas. Approximately 60 % of the oil imported by the United States is used in transportation. Just by adopting this measure it will reduce drastically our dependence in foreign oil.