U.S. Has the Natural Gas Industry to Thank for the Largest Decline in CO2 Emissions of Any Country

U.S. Has the Natural Gas Industry to Thank for the Largest Decline in CO2 Emissions of Any Country

February 25, 2020

The United States recorded the largest decrease in carbon dioxide emissions of any country last year. This is thanks to the booming fracking industry and the millions of energy workers who work to provide affordable and reliable energy to American households.

In a report from the International Energy Agency, findings show carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. were down 140 million metric tons, or 2.9 percent, in 2019 compared to the year before. 

“Natural gas is the reason CO2 emissions are down in this country,” stated Craig Stevens, former chief spokesman for the U.S. Department of Energy, in a panel Thursday.

According to San Antonio Express-News:

IEA data shows natural gas now accounts for 37 percent of electricity generation in the U.S. Stevens said continued gas flaring at oil wells across the Permian Basin indicates there’s still plenty available.

The Permian Basin’s gas production is expected to double by the year 2025, according to data from midstream energy company Enterprise Products Partners. To keep up with the demand, three pipelines are currently in the works to transport gas out of the region.

Despite widespread national coverage of pipeline protests, geologist Bill Godsey said during the panel that pipelines are the safest way to transport natural gas – far safer than by train or truck.

“Pipelines are heavily regulated,” he said. “It’s not just ‘dig a hole and throw it in.’ It’s an extremely lengthy and difficult process to permit a pipeline.”

We can’t understand why eco-extremist continue to advocate to shut down an industry vital to the nation’s economic growth, providing millions of jobs, lower energy prices and CO2 emissions. These climate activists are on a warpath against the industry itself. Ever so apparent in their efforts to ignorantly block the critical infrastructure needed to bring reliable and affordable energy to Americans across the country in the safest way possible.