Partisan green campaigners and radical eco-groups have long complained that America is not fixing global warming. They claim that socialist, European Union carbon trading, more government-subsidized solar panels and wind turbines, and fuel poverty-producing “renewable” energy mandates are the ways to control climate change. Natural gas emits half the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by coal-fired power plants. In 2012, fracked natural gas reduced U.S. CO2 emissions by 300 megatons, and it will continue to reduce CO2 emissions globally where it replaces coal and other fossil-fueled energy production.
American natural gas overtook coal as the primary source of our electric power generation for the first time ever this spring. 31 percent of electric power generation in April came from natural gas, with 30 percent from coal, according to SNL Energy research and data from the U.S. Energy Department. Zero-carbon nuclear reactor electric power came in third at 20 percent. A drilling boom that started in 2008 has increased United States natural gas production by 30 percent, and makes the America the world’s biggest combined producer of oil and natural gas. (New York Times, July 14, 2015)
In more good environmental news, since September 1994 the University of Alabama’s satellite temperature data have shown no statistically significant global warming. For more than 20 years, there has been no warming trend apparent in the satellite records data, which measure temperatures in the lowest few miles of the Earth’s atmosphere. (Daily Caller, July 17, 2015)
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