Market-distorting energy subsidies vs. the market

As energy consumers, Americans benefit most when all of the nation’s energy sources play a role in supplying the grid. Subsidies, like those recently pushed for nuclear plans in New Jersey, Ohio and Connecticut create a distorted market with an uneven playing field and do a disservice to energy consumers. While voters in key states  … Read more

What is liquid natural gas?

Changing natural gas to its liquid state makes storage and transportation of the resource much easier, as it shrinks in volume about 600 times. Liquified natural gas, commonly referred to as LNG results when natural gas has been cooled to a low temperature of -260 degrees F. Impurities are removed and the nontoxic liquid is  … Read more

How Do Natural Gas Pipelines Work?

In the 1920s, natural gas was discovered in the United States’ Great Plains. Upon that discovery, the rate of pipeline construction increased sharply to accommodate a growing need for natural gas as a heating fuel in large Midwestern cities. Since then, the United States has developed a sprawling natural gas pipeline network, composed of over  … Read more

Is natural gas a type of clean energy?

One of the major benefits of natural gas is that it’s a type of clean energy, offering environmental benefits over other fossil fuels like coal that include reduced CO2 emissions. In fact, CO2 emissions from natural gas are half of those resulting from coal. The increased reliance on natural gas over the past few years  … Read more

Where Does Natural Gas Come From?

Natural gas has existed for millions of years underneath the Earth’s core. Before civilization understood what natural gas was, it posed a mystery. The gas would seep from below the Earth’s surface and create fire when mixed with lightning strikes on the ground. In 500 BC, Chinese civilizations created crude pipelines made from bamboo shoots to transport the gas. The gas was used as a fuel source to create drinking water, by boiling sea water to separate the salt.

What is Natural Gas Used for?

There are many uses of natural gas, all of which benefit our society. From the early 19th to 20th centuries, natural gas was primarily used to power lights in buildings and on streets. Today, modern technology has allowed us expand the uses of natural gas, some of which include: Electricity Generation – The primary use  … Read more

Is Natural Gas Affordable?

Yes, natural gas offers an affordable source of energy. According to an IHS study, 800 trillion cubic feet of natural gas can be developed for around $3 per cubic foot, and America consumed 27.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2016. When you do the math, it’s clear that natural gas is a cost  … Read more

Natural Gas is Reliable

Why do we need natural gas? Natural gas works for America because it is a reliable source of energy. Think of all the times throughout the day that we rely on energy being conveniently and readily available. Every time you flip a switch to turn on the lights, press a button to turn on your  … Read more

What is Natural Gas?

To define natural gas, we must to understand what it consists of, beyond an understanding that it comes from nature. Natural gas is made up of a mixture of four naturally occurring gases, all of which have different molecular structures. This mixture consists primarily of methane, which makes up 70-90% of natural gas along with  … Read more