However, MIT must save face in an effort to retain some degree of scientific integrity and credibility. They must still fight the never-ending battle for funding, so to be crude, they must "suck up". Although they admit the U.S. (and of course the world) will be dependent upon fossil fuels at least through the middle of this century because alternatives (e.g. wind, solar and geothermal can not suffice) they claim natural gas can be used to power our economy and replace that "dirty" coal. This they claim will reduce "greenhouse gases". Hogwash!
Burning natural gas (methane) produces nearly as much CO2 as coal or gasoline and oil. The net effect would be minimal. They also forget to mention that most natural gas is a "fossil fuel", found and produced in nearly the exact same way as is crude oil. This esteemed panel of "experts" at MIT should know better, and I'm sure they do, but they're playing the politically correct game, walking the middle of the road, trying to pacify the environmentalists and their idealistic dreams of a "carbon-free" world, while at the same time trying to maintain some degree of scientific and economic realism and integrity. They end up just looking like fools.
MITEI-led study offers comprehensive look at the future of natural gas
The two-year study, managed by the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), examined the scale of U.S.
The report includes a set of specific proposals for legislative and regulatory policies, as well as recommendations for actions that the energy industry can pursue on its own, to maximize the fuel’s impact on mitigating greenhouse gas. The study also examined ways to control the environmental impacts that could result from a significant expansion in the production and use of natural gas — especially in electric power production.
“Much has been said about natural gas as a bridge to a low-carbon future, with little underlying analysis to back up this contention. The analysis in this study provides the confirmation — natural gas truly is a bridge to a low-carbon future,” said MITEI Director Ernest J. Moniz in introducing the report.
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Read a press release about the report