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Here’s how the shale gas boom is saving Americans money

One new study suggests lower natural gas prices may be saving households up to $725 per year. Others find lower numbers. Here's why they differ.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 18, 2013

The economic dark side of the West’s oil and gas boom

A new paper finds that Western counties that become too dependent on oil and gas development can end up worse off over the long run. Is that relevant today?

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 12, 2013

The shale-gas boom won’t do much for climate change. But it will make us richer.

A surge in cheap natural gas will kill off coal power. But it will also crowd out wind, solar, and nuclear too.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 21, 2013

Fracking may not be as bad for the climate as we thought

A big new study tries to answer one of the most pressing climate questions: How much methane is leaking out of our natural gas infrastructure?

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 18, 2013

Are fracking proponents wrestling enough with the environmental risks?

Here's what people are saying about the rise of more plentiful natural gas in the Wonkblog CrowdSourced

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Aug 14, 2013

Crowdsourced: Should the U.S. have a natural gas sovereign wealth fund?

Here's the latest from Wonkblog's Crowdsourced discussion of the economic impacts of more plentiful natural gas.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Aug 8, 2013

Can natural gas help tackle global warming? A primer.

Carbon emissions in the United States are at their lowest level in 20 years. And analysts tend to credit the flood of natural gas that's displaced coal. Yet many environmentalists have pointed out that natural gas may not be as much of a climate boon as advertised. So here's a primer on whether natural gas can help us reduce carbon emissions and tackle global warming.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 20, 2012