Now we are learning that the environmental advantages of gas may not be all that they’re cracked up to be, for fundamental reasons that included the following:

  • Lots of gas escapes during drilling/hydrofracking, and during transport. A whole lot.
  • Methane’s contribution to climate change may be far greater than previously thought.
  • Most power plants that can or could burn gas do not use modern equipment, and hence are not all that more efficient when they burn gas as opposed to coal.

Among other issues, these factors mean that government subsidies for gas may not be a great idea.

Why not get 85% of automobiles off the road by having proper public transportation systems tied to effective land-use planning, and use the fuel we save to run these power plants?