By Itself, Abundant Shale Gas May Not Help Slow Climate Change

Posted by Patrick J. Kiger
May 15, 2014 1:00 PM ET

The Great Energy Challenge Energy Blog

Natural gas emits significantly less carbon dioxide than either coal or gasoline when burned, but its ability to help reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions has been questioned. In the latest contribution to the debate, a study published this week by Duke University researchers concludes that switching to abundant shale gas as an energy source is unlikely to be much help in addressing climate change, unless it’s only one part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce emissions.