Read my latest response on the National Journal’s Energy and Environment Experts blog to the question, “What’s A Winning Strategy For Renewables?”
AGA has long supported, to the fullest extent possible, the development of a diverse domestic energy supply, including coal, oil, nuclear, wind, hydro, solar and, of course, natural gas. As Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently told our board of directors, natural gas is a necessary component of any truly renewable energy program.
And, while everyone is encouraged by the increased awareness being brought to renewables, the fact remains that all of the power produced by alternative and renewable fuel sources meets only a small portion of the country’s daily energy needs. A realistic plan for a low-carbon future, therefore, must include, and support, traditional and proven fuel sources like natural gas.
While coal has historically been the dominant fuel in America’s domestic resource base, natural gas has begun to play an increasingly important role in electricity generation. With major energy producers publicly turning to natural gas as their fuel of choice, the message is clear – as the cleanest of all fossil fuels, natural gas can provide the nation and its consumers with a proven, reliable, low-carbon source of energy.
Equally important is ensuring that the most effective and efficient application of natural gas – directly using natural gas to heat homes, to heat water, for cooking, and for other end-use applications – is encouraged and supported. Direct use of natural gas is more efficient, more cost effective and greener than converting gas to electricity to power the same end-use applications.
The best way to address climate change and support the renewable market, while still providing America with the energy it needs to grow its economy, is with a wide-ranging set of options that accesses and utilizes natural gas, and all of America’s other energy resources.