Finding alternate energy sources is the key to being able to use various resources for energy. Releasing our dependence on foreign oil sources as the major source of energy will boost the economy here in the United States, and help pave the way towards no longer being energy dependent on the Middle East.
Natural gas is the country’s chosen alternative. There are many benefits to taking advantage of this type of energy.
It is abundant here in the United States
With natural gas being available right here in the United States, natural gas almost seems like the most logical choice for energy needs. Marcellus Shale is a mineral rock that serves as a great source of natural gas, and fortunately, it can be found in in the country. There are also storage facilities in many places around the US. There is no doubt that energy demands are only going to grow. Being able to get the source of energy, as well as have the facilities to store it, definitely makes a strong argument for making natural gas an energy source.
Natural gas is the cleanest of all fossil fuels
Natural gas is composed mostly of methane. Its combustion products are made out of carbon dioxide and water vapor. Coal and oil have much higher carbon, nitrogen and sulfur contents, leading to more pollution when used as fuel. On the other hand, natural gas, when used as fuel, emits much less pollution than coal or oil.
Decreasing industrial emissions
The use of natural gas to power industrial boilers and equipment can greatly reduce the pollution caused by other sources of fuel. With the sheer volume of pollution an industrial equipment can release into the air, the use of natural gas as an energy source can significantly improve the level of pollution in the industry.
Natural gas vehicles
Natural gas vehicles are in development, and with millions of cars, vans, SUVs and trucks on the road, this can definitely decrease pollution, as well as keep costs of fuel to a minimum.
The discussion to use more and more natural gas is an important one. There are obviously some very good reasons for using this source of energy instead.
The demand for more energy is not going to lessen in the near future. It is imperative to find ways to get more efficient fuel. While natural gas may not be the complete answer to our energy problems, it certainly is a good starting point.