natural-gas

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

Climate regulations could cost fossil-fuel firms trillions. Should they be worried?

Large pension funds are now pressing oil, gas, and coal companies to explain how the prospect of carbon regulations might hurt their business.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 25, 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

China’s plan to clean up air pollution could be a climate disaster

China currently has plans to build synthetic gas plants to curtail air pollution in the cities. Scientists warn that could have huge unintended consequences.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 26, 2013

Everything you need to know about the EPA’s carbon limits for new power plants

The new EPA rules will make it very hard to build a new coal plant in the U.S. But cheap natural gas was already making that difficult anyway.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 20, 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

CrowdSourced: Here’s what Wonkblog readers are saying about the impact of shale gas

We asked you how cheaper natural gas will affect U.S. business and the economy. Here are your answers.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jul 30, 2013

The U.S. oil and gas boom is straining the country’s infrastructure

From pipelines to rail shipping, America's energy infrastructure has yet to catch up with the recent boom in oil and gas drilling.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 18, 2013

The U.S. oil and gas boom has had a modest economic impact — so far

The U.S. economy has expanded 7.6 percent since 2009. But for all the hype, oil and gas has played a relatively modest role in that growth. At least so far.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Apr 23, 2013

Methane leaks are undermining the shale-gas boom. Here’s how to fix that.

Natural gas is only effective in tackling global warming if we can minimize methane leaks. A big new study shows how it can be done.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Apr 4, 2013

What happens when natural gas is no longer dirt cheap?

Cheap natural gas has helped drive down U.S. carbon emissions in recent years. But there are signs that trend is now stalling.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 22, 2013

Are methane hydrates the next big energy source? Japan hopes so.

Methane hydrates beneath the ocean contain an enormous amount of natural gas. But they've always proven impossible to exploit. Until now.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 12, 2013

Another casualty of the shale gas boom: Nuclear power

Since 2010, the amount of electricity generated by America's nuclear reactors has fallen about 3 percent. And competition from cheap natural gas is upending the economics of nukes.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Feb 21, 2013

Obama finally talks climate change. Now what will he do about it?

"We want our kids to grow up in an America... that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet." That was Obama in his acceptance speech last night. Now here's what he plans to do about it in his second term.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 7, 2012

The evolution of the U.S. power sector, in one chart

A look at how the U.S. power sector has evolved over time. Coal and nuclear power used to dominate the landscape. But lately, natural gas and renewables make up the vast majority of new power plants being built.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 22, 2012

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
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