Natural gas future clouded by CO2

Strong support for natural gas in the UK leaves three unpalatable choices: repeal its climate bill to make it less ambitious; force new gas power plants to operate at a fraction of capacity; or fit incredibly expensive, untested CCS equipment.

Natural gas has strong political support in Britain, shown by a tax break choreographed this week to balance support for wind power, but it is also on a collision course with the country's carbon emissions targets.

That pits the country's energy and climate change ministry against the Treasury, and ranges arguments for a green economy against affordability, splitting the coalition government and suggesting doubt will continue to cloud the fossil fuel's future.

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