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Limited impact on decadal-scale climate change from increased use of natural gas

Technologies such as fracking have triggered a boom in natural gas, but this will not lead to a reduction of overall greenhouse gas emissions. The replacement of coal by natural gas is fairly limited, but it might replace not just coal, but low-emission renewable energy and nuclear power as well. Its growing availability will make it cheaper, so it will add to total energy supply and only partly replace coal.
This study shows that although market penetration of globally abundant gas may substantially change the future energy system, it is not necessarily an effective substitute for climate change mitigation policy

Bibliography:
Haewon McJeon, Jae Edmonds, Nico Bauer, Leon Clarke, Brian Fisher, Brian P. Flannery, Jérôme Hilaire, Volker Krey, Giacomo Marangoni, Raymond Mi, Keywan Riahi, Holger Rogner, Massimo Tavoni
Limited impact on decadal-scale climate change from increased use of natural gas
Nature 514, 482–485 (23 October 2014)
doi:10.1038/nature13837
Published online 15 October 2014
Limited impact on decadal-scale climate change from increased use of natural gas

See also:
Alex Kirby, Scientists Say Fracking Makes Climate Change Worse, Not Better. EcoWatch, Oct. 15, 2014

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