In comparison to coal powered energy, energy generated through combined cycle natural gas plants produces:
- Approximately half as much carbon dioxide
- Less than one tenth as much nitrogen oxides (causes smog)
- Less than one percent as much sulfur oxides (causes acid rain) and PM2.5 micro-particulates (causes respiratory complications etc.)
In addition to being the cleanest alternative, natural gas power plants are also much more efficient than coal powered plants.
Natural gas plants require substantially less time, energy, water use, and land area than coal plants and do not produce ash as a by-product. Natural gas is the best stable source of energy to support the development of renewables such as wind and solar (currently intermittent) in an integrated supply chain by filling in with power generation when needed.
“If extracted safely, natural gas is the ‘bridge fuel’ that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change.”U.S. President Barack Obama, 2014 State of the Union address.