Liquified Natural Gas Not a Viable Emissions Reduction Measure

While LNG has been considered a “bridge fuel” in the past, —cleaner and with lower carbon dioxide emissions than coal or oil—and a potential tool to help address climate change. However, a new report by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) concludes that LNG exports are not an effective climate tool, in large part because of the leakage inherent in producing the gas and the energy required to cool it and ship it. Producing, transporting and liquefying this gas will generate up to 213 million metric tons of new greenhouse gas emissions just in the U.S. by 2030, equal to the annual emissions of up to 45 million cars

Exporting LNG from the United States would undercut the goal of holding warming at or below 1.5° Celsius. 

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