Report  |  27 April 2011

Assessment of the Greenhouse Gas Footprint of Natural Gas from Shale Formations

Robert W. Howarth, Renee Santoro and Anthony Ingraffea

Natural gas is widely advertised and promoted as a clean burning fuel that produces less greenhouse gas emissions than coal when burned. While it is true that less carbon dioxide is emitted from burning natural gas than from burning coal per unit of energy generated, the combustion emissions are only part of story and the comparison is quite misleading.

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