CLIMATE SPECTATOR: Time to forget a natural gas saviour?

There's a growing argument that natural gas will buy us enough time to switch to a renewables-led future, but the truth is a lot murkier.

Remember how ethanol was going to save us? It was the perfect solution to not one, but two different problems. The first was energy security: since it’s a type of alcohol distilled from home-grown corn, ethanol would replace the gasoline made from oil imported from Bad People in places like Iran. The second was climate change. Ethanol emits heat-trapping CO2 like gasoline does, but the corn sucks in CO2 while it’s growing, so it’s mostly a wash.


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