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Natural Gas Facts

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Why is natural gas needed? Examine the facts.

Natural gas is clean.

It is the cleanest burning conventional fuel, producing 45 percent less carbon dioxide than coal.

Single, blue natural gas flame.

Natural gas is domestically available.

Nearly all the natural gas consumed in North America - 98 percent - is produced in the U.S. and Canada.

Natural gas is abundant.

Discoveries of new reserves in unconventional rock formations like shale, tight sands and coal seams have expanded our supply to well beyond 100 years.

Natural gas is efficient.

While the number of natural gas residential customers in North America has grown by 70 percent over the last 40 years, customers today actually use nearly 40 percent less natural gas. Why? Greater efficiency in production, delivery and usage means fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Natural gas is reliable.

Natural gas is energy we can count on, day in and day out. Whether the sun's shining or the wind's blowing, plentiful supplies of natural gas are available for immediate dispatch, via an existing interconnected, efficient and highly reliable delivery system.

Natural gas is versatile.

It generates electricity, runs our manufacturing plants, provides raw material for a range of products, heats and cools our homes and fuels transportation. It provides low-emission back-up generation for renewable sources like solar and wind.

Natural gas is one of the safest fuels.

Stringent safety standards govern the exploration, production, transportation, distribution and use of natural gas. North America's continental natural pipeline system is the safest mode of energy transportation in the world today. We're committed to improving and maintaining that fine record.

Natural gas is needed.

Natural gas currently meets about one-fourth of North America's energy needs. And we have the capacity to serve even greater demand as natural gas is increasingly called upon as a clean alternative for power generation and transportation.

Natural gas is now.

Natural gas is available and ready now. It is a proven resource, backed by proven technology, in-place, expandable infrastructure and talented men and women dedicated to delivering on its tremendous promise.

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