Gas glutThe Mountain West states sit on vast reservoirs of natural gas, which, when burned, releases about half as much carbon dioxide as coal.
The fracking boom has resulted in an oversupply of natural gas in the United States, which kept prices low and drastically slowed the pace of natural gas extraction in Utah’s Uinta Basin.
Whether exporting natural gas is good for the planet remains a matter of debate, but everyone agrees the West’s natural gas probably won’t reach Asia without LNG export terminals on the West Coast.
That announcement was focused more on coal exports, but now natural gas appears to be taking center stage.
This research found that emissions from increased natural gas production would be more than offset by displacing coal.