Shale gas may be worse than coal

Shale gas may be worse than coal

Liverpool : United Kingdom | Apr 12, 2011 at 8:00 PM PDT
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The new kid on the energy block, shale gas, may be worse for climate change than coal, a study concludes.

Drawn from rock through a controversial "fracking" process, some hail the gas as a "stepping stone" to a low-carbon future and a route to energy security.

But US researchers found that shale gas wells leak substantial amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

This makes its climate impact worse than conventional gas, they say - and probably worse than coal as well.

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