As a resource with a fraction of the polluting carbon dioxide content of traditional fossil fuels, natural gas is being heralded as the energy source of the near future.
A robust enough energy source to power everything from heaters to cars to power plants, some companies say it could make up the difference in the world’s energy makeup as coal and oil slowly fade out over time and renewable forms of energy pick up the slack. So with so much riding on this resource, it’s poised to make a significant impact on geopolitics moving forward.
While the countries that control and produce the most natural gas will undoubtedly play a significant role in the future of the planet, it’s perhaps equally important to pay mind to which American states are ranking highly as well. While net gross withdrawals of natural gas have almost consistently been increasing over the last century, they began to level out in the mid-90s to mid-2000s before beginning a dramatic spike in 2007 as the shale revolution overtook the U.S. In 2013 the U.S. as a whole produced nearly 30.2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, more than a 28 percent increase over the previous seven years.
The increase in gas extraction in certain states has redrawn certain well-established power divisions. As such, here is the 2012 gross withdrawal data for the top 10 gas producing states as reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
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