By Roy L Hales
Some consider natural gas preferable to other fossil fuels “because it emits 50-60% less carbon dioxide (CO2) during combustion.” But over the course of its’100-year lifespan natural gas’ primary component has “a radiative forcing greater than 30 times that of CO2.”1 According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Methane is responsible for 25% of already observed changes to Earth’s climate.” Two new studies find Canada’s methane emissions drastically underreported.
- Emmaline Atherton et al, “Mobile measurement of methane emissions from natural gas developments in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada“, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2017-109, in review, 2017, p 2 ↩