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Natural Gas

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Natural gas is a fossil fuel (non-renewable) that is formed from organic matter and gases that are buried for thousands of years (or longer) under intense heat and pressure. Often obtained as a byproduct of oil drilling, natural gas can also be find in "pockets" alone, or in coal seams and elsewhere. 

Natural gas is a hydrocarbon consisting primarily of methane – a potent greenhouse gas that is often leaked unintentionally during the extraction, transportation, and use. In the United States most of our natural gas comes from hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" of shale deposits. 

It is often hailed as a cleaner alternative to coal as it produces roughly 30-40% less carbon dioxide (CO2) when burned than that of coal. However, when considering the effects of natural gas leakage, the overall climatological effects are roughly the same as burning coal.

Natural Gas Production (by country)

(CC Image "Natural Gas Production of Countries" by Maurice07 - Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons) 

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