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Natural Gas Won the Week

Natural Gas Won the Week

The best kind of PR is the kind you don't have to do.

 

A day after the Energy Information Administration reported higher-than-expected natural gas production from the Marcellus shale formations in the Northeast, the Environmental Protection Agency said carbon emissions from power plants declined 10 percent from 2010 "due to the growing use of natural gas," which burns half as much carbon as coal.

The natural gas industry couldn't write press releases that help it nearly as much as these government-endorsed numbers and statements do.

Of course, the industry has its issues, chiefly fracking and the PR handling of the environmental risks associated with this drilling technique. But the big natural-gas picture coming out of the Obama administration is unequivocally positive.

 

Meanwhile, this week's losers include environmentalists trying to ban fracking; as well as the coal industry, which loses the more that natural gas wins.

Amy Harder
aharder@nationaljournal.com

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