Huffington Post: The Quiet Revolution Behind Your Light Switch
Please take a moment and read this great piece on the Huffington Post detailing how natural gas can be a cleaner and more abundant alternative for power generation in the United States from Marty Durbin at America’s Natural Gas Alliance.
The Quiet Revolution Behind Your Light Switch
by: Marty Durbin, America’s Natural Gas Alliance
Growing use of natural gas for power generation is good news for cleaner energy, and the result is one of the greatest untold environmental stories of our time: U.S. power sector carbon emissions have been
reduced to 1994 levels, and carbon emissions per capita have dropped to levels not seen since President Eisenhower left office in 1961.
Similarly, emissions of sulfur dioxide and smog-forming nitrogen oxide have been reduced by more than two thirds over the past two decades. Nearly half of this reduction took place from just 2008 to 2010. This is real progress that’s happening now, and it’s due largely to power companies across the country embracing cleaner-burning natural gas.
As a nation we’re concerned with protecting our environment, while also keeping our economy strong and enjoying the comforts of modern living. We don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the energy that makes all of this possible. Why get into the nitty-gritty details of power generation and all that it takes to make the simple act of flipping a switch deliver the light and power that we rely upon?
There’s a great story to tell, though. President Obama routinely highlights the many benefits that safely and responsibly produced natural gas is bringing to our country, including the reduction of greenhouse gases. Given all the discussion about natural gas in recent years among our nation’s leaders in government, industry and academia, we are now asking everyday Americans to join them and really think about their energy choices. And when people do that, they will see that natural gas is improving our environment, growing our economy and enhancing our energy security.