Natural gas is a controversial topic. Many believe it could be the answer to the energy problems that are occurring around the world and a good source of power for homes, businesses, and vehicles across America. The other side of the argument is that it is risky, and some believe that drilling for oil could contaminate ground water.
There have been many viral videos, with the most famous showing a man set water running from his tap alight although analysis showed that this was due to naturally-occurring methane in the water. Despite its seemingly controversial nature, there are plenty of reasons for using natural gas.
Natural gas is very clean. It releases the fewest emissions out of any fossil fuel, and tests have shown it to be the most environmentally-friendly choice for use both inside and outside your home.
America has plenty of natural gas. Over 90 percent of the natural gas used in America is found here, in rock formations such as Eagle Ford in Texas. It meets 24 percent of the US gas requirements and currently heats over 60 million homes and more than 120,000 vehicles. Over 50 percent of the energy used to heat American homes comes from natural gas, according to NaturalGas.org.
Being domestic has the added benefit that it reduces America’s dependence on oil from Middle Eastern countries. It also boosts the country’s economy, being responsible for directly creating 622,000 jobs and indirectly creating 2.2 million more. Energy Tomorrow states that in 2008, natural gas contributed more than $172 billion to the American economy, making it a very valuable resource.
It’s Efficient and Multi-purpose
From producing and processing to transporting and using the fuel, natural gas has proven to be extremely efficient. It is delivered with a “total energy efficiency” of over 90 percent and the appliances that utilize natural gas are designed to be economical.
It is an extremely versatile power source, too, being used to do everything from heating your home to drying your clothes and cooking food. It’s always being used in new technologies and has recently been used in fireplaces and air conditioners too.
A Detini survey in 1999 showed that 70 percent of new-build homes were powered by natural gas, a rise from 47 percent in 1986. This figure is expected to keep rising due to the dependability of natural gas. There is no risk of running out, political issues, and delays due to delivery problems or the weather.
Natural gas is an energy source that seems to tick every box. It can be relied upon, boosts the economy by raising money and providing jobs, and is found locally. It’s no wonder that energy companies are looking toward exploring this valuable resource.