America’s beleaguered coal industry is attacking natural gas for its role in fueling climate change, Axios’ Amy Harder reports.
Between the lines: You read that right! Itâ€™s ironic because coal is considered far more damaging to the climate than gas.
The big picture: Gas emits far less CO2 when burned than coal, but its primary component â€” methane â€” is also a potent greenhouse gas that can escape during production and transport.
Driving the news: The National Mining Association’s blog post argues that as gas has become the country’s largest power source, higher CO2 emissions from gas-fired generation make it “a leading contributor to the challenge.â€ť
What theyâ€™re saying: â€śThatâ€™s apparently news to the oil and natural gas industry,â€ť the post argues.
Reality check: On a per-unit basis, coal creates more carbon dioxide, which is by far the most prevalent greenhouse gas, compared to oil and gas.