Monday, August 17, 2009

Great Paper Advocating Natural Gas in Energy Policy

The Center for American Progress and the Energy Future Coalition put together a great paper advocating for greater use of natural gas in the U.S. There's nothing particularly new, but the paper makes points that are still sinking in, both in Washington D.C. and among the general population. (Here's a link to the summary and a link to the paper itself.)

The prime concept behind the paper is that because shale is now a commercially viable source, North America has an abundance of natural gas, a message that is only starting to filter down to decision makers and the general population. The paper is wide in its breadth. While it primarily advocates for the use of natural gas as a bridge fuel until the next generation of clean, efficient fuel is commercially viable, it also advocates greater study into the impacts of natgas and for improved technology for carbon sequestration and the like.

Some of the proposals might meet with controversy, but this report helps push the proverbial ball forward. Gas is abundant, clean and domestically produced, thereby creating jobs at home and lessening our dependence on foreign countries. It's a win-win-win for the U.S.

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