Natural Gas Leakes and Global Warming
The takeway ..
Natural gas can be cleaner than coal. It produces half as much co2 as coal …when it’s burned.
But if it leaks in the air – without being burned – it’s 80 times worse than coal.
Everyone agrees that if more than 3% leaks natural gas becomes dirtier than coal.
Currently only 1% of natural gas is leaked., according to the industry. After testing throughout Colorado and other major cities, researchers found the average % of leaks to be 11-17%.