A new report by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finds that, thanks to the increased use of natural gas over the last decade, there have been “significant reductions in the emissions of CO2, NOx and SO2.” [NOx = nitrogen oxides; SO2 = sulfur dioxide]
Just how much of a difference has natural gas made? According to the report:
- “As a result of the increased use of natural gas, Co2 emissions from U.S. fossil-fuel power plants were 23% lower in 2012 than they would have been” without that increase in natural gas use.
- “The increased use of natural gas has…led to emissions reductions of NOx (40%) and SO2 (44%).”
- “Further reductions in these emissions can follow by converting a larger fraction of U.S. electric power production to natural gas, and by ensuring that all natural gas power plants are equipped with the latest combined cycle technology.”
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