Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and can actually improve the quality of air and water when used in place of other, more polluting energy sources.
There is an abundant supply of natural gas in the U.S. In fact, 96 percent of natural gas comes from North America. There is always an ample supply for all household and commercial needs.
Natural gas combustion produces virtually no emissions of sulfur dioxide and far lower emissions of carbon monoxide, reactive hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide.
Natural gas is more environmentally attractive than other fossil fuels because it is composed chiefly of methane, producing combustion products of carbon dioxide and water vapor. Coal and industrial fuel oil combustion produce a higher ratio of carbon as well as sulfur and nitrogen compounds which do not burn as cleanly. Also, ash particles are produced which can be carried into the atmosphere.
Acid rain and CO/ozone pollution are of primary environmental concern. By using natural gas as the energy of choice, emissions of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide are substantially reduced, thus alleviating acid rain and ozone pollution levels.
Automotive gasoline use contributes about three-fourths of all carbon monoxide pollution in urban areas as well as most of the hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide pollution levels. Use of natural gas-fueled vehicles could reduce carbon monoxide levels by as much as 90 percent and hydrocarbon emissions by as much as 85 percent. America's energy of choice could make a substantial impact on improving America's water and air.