Natural gas is widely available and burns cleaner than coal. It’s no wonder we get 25 percent of our electricity from natural gas, and that percentage is growing. In addition is the positive impact of natural gas on the economy and environment.
It’s a marked benefit that burning natural gas produces lower levels of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide than does coal. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, natural gas is also better than coal because it does not produce ash and other particulates.
In mid-September, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe expressed his support for a 550-mile natural gas pipeline construction spanning across three states, citing fewer emissions as an environmental benefit. The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will enable 50 to 60-year-old coal plants to be retired and replaced by natural gas, a safer and more efficient energy source.
Pipelines transport natural gas in a way that minimizes the effect on the environment, and while other forms of transportation are possible, pipelines are the safest source available for transporting large quantities of natural gas.
Natural gas is an important resource in the U.S., and when managed responsibly, it can remain the best clean option for energy, with the environment and our communities as priority one.
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