shale gas

US Coal Exports Do Not Offset Massive Emissions Reductions from Natural Gas

August 25, 2014 by Alex Trembath

Coal, Natural Gas, and Emissions

In the end, achieving deep reductions in emissions will require that gas must be a bridge to lower-carbon energy sources, not an endpoint. But for now, emissions are declining and gas is displacing coal, which until recently, virtually everyone agreed was the most important climate mitigation objective.[read more]

As Emissions Fall, Greens Increasingly Embrace Shale Gas

May 16, 2014 by Steve Everley

For many years, environmental activists have pushed for bans, moratoria, or other restrictions on fracking, alleging the process is a threat to public health and the environment. But in recent months, increasing numbers of environmentalists have distanced themselves from the “ban fracking” agenda.[read more]

Revisiting a Questionable Study on Shale Gas and Methane Leaks

May 9, 2014 by Steve Everley

For those who pay attention to the question over “methane leakage” from shale development, it was hard to ignore headlines describing research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which looked at emissions data from a series of flyovers in southwest Pennsylvania.[read more]

French Report Misstates Role of Shale Gas in Reducing US Carbon Emissions

March 15, 2014 by Steve Everley

French Report and Shale Gas

A recent policy brief published by the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI) examined the impact of United States shale gas on the American economy, including potential implications for the European Union.[read more]

Shale Gas: Killing Coal Without Killing CO2

December 4, 2013 by Shakeb Afsah

Shale Gas and CO2

CO2 Scorecard has been conducting detailed analysis on the environmental implications of the newfound popularity of natural gas. In May 2013 we demonstrated that only 25% of US emissions reductions were attributable to the switch from coal to natural gas in 2012.[read more]

The Odd Couple: Natural Gas and Renewables

November 15, 2013 by Herman Trabish

Natural Gas and Renewables

The talk in Texas currently is about using its newly discovered shale gas abundance and its growing renewables capacity synergistically. But is natural gas a bridge to renewables or is it actually an environmental sin?[read more]

Shale Projects Lagging in Eastern Europe

October 29, 2013 by Igor Alexeev

Eastern Europe and Shale

“Shale perspectives” in Eastern Europe are challenged by the delaying tactics of major industry players. Media coverage of shale gas development is positive but in Lithuania and Poland global oil and gas companies one by one drop bids to explore.[read more]

Can Shale Gas Benefit the Climate?: A Response to Joe Romm's Cognitive Dissonance

October 22, 2013 by Grant McDermott

Shale Gas and the Climate

I used to be an avid reader of Joe Romm's Climate Progress blog. However, my enthusiasm has waned over the past few years due to his stark intolerance for any opposing ideas, dogmatic stance on nuclear power and several other factors.[read more]

Study Sheds Light on the Environmental Impact of Shale Gas

October 22, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Natural gas has been identified as a likely "bridge fuel" to cleaner energy sources. But this view has been challenged by suggestions that methane leakage from natural gas systems might be significant enough to negate the downstream climate benefits of switching to natural gas.[read more]

Study: No Long-Term Climate Benefit From Shale Gas Revolution

October 20, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Shale Gas and Climate Change

Claims that shale gas will significantly reduce US carbon emissions are based on hand-waving and wishful thinking. That’s because those claims assume natural gas is replacing coal only, rather than some combination of coal, renewables, nuclear power, and energy efficiency.[read more]

Mark Bittman Wrong On Gas: How New York Times Columnist Misunderstands Shale Revolution

September 30, 2013 by Max Luke

Columnist Mark Bittman argues that natural gas has little potential as a bridge to zero-carbon energy and that gas should play a limited role in the country’s energy strategy. We examine his arguments along with the studies he employs to back them up, and find them wanting.[read more]

Give Up the Shale Gas Fantasy and Profit When the Bubble Bursts: Interview with Bill Powers

September 19, 2013 by Jim Patrick

​Bill Powers is an independent analyst, private investor and author of the book "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth." Powers is the former editor of Powers Energy Investor, Canadian Energy Viewpoint and U.S. Energy Investor.[read more]

Bombshell Study Confirms Low Methane Leakage from Shale Gas

September 19, 2013 by Steve Everley

Critics of hydraulic fracturing have alleged that methane leaks from development are not only high, but make natural gas from shale a climate “disaster.” But a new report from the University of Texas and the Environmental Defense Fund might put that theory to rest for good.[read more]


What Would Be the Impacts of Shutting Down All Fracking?

September 18, 2013 by John Miller

Fracking Shutdown?

Hydraulic fracturing of U.S. shale natural gas reserves has been strongly opposed due to concerns for the environment. Would rapidly shutting down all shale gas production be in the overall best interests of the country and the economy?[read more]

More than Half of Landowners Report Problems with Shale Gas Development

September 13, 2013 by Amy Mall

Earlier this year, researchers from West Virginia University surveyed West Virginia land owners with shale wells on their property. The survey asked about the use of the land prior to drilling, overall satisfaction with outcome, problems encountered, and other factors.[read more]