Natural gas is not a clean option

The 29 May episode of the Science Show on Radio National features Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University.

Natural gas has been touted as a clean transition fuel as we move away from coal towards renewables to produce electricity. A major component of natural gas is methane. It has been long known that methane in the atmosphere traps more heat than carbon dioxide. But as Peter Newman reveals, recent research shows methane to be even worse than previously thought. It is now known methane traps heat 120 times more than carbon dioxide does, which is the cause of our present problem of a heating planet. And when methane is mined, moved and burnt, gas escapes.

The 6-minute program can be heard here.

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For more about why the so-called ‘gas-fired recovery’ is a bad idea go here.