Sen. Sullivan: Burn More Natural Gas, a Fossil Fuel, to Combat Climate Change

CNS News | 3/22/2019 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) — If you want to help combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, “one of the best ways” is to “ship clean, burning Alaska natural gas to Japan, to Korea, to Taiwan, [and] to China,” said Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan (R) during a March 17 interview with KTUU in Anchorage.

It “would do more to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions than almost any other thing that we can do,” added the senator.

US - Energy - Information - Administration - EIA

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), as of Jan. 1, 2016, there were “about 2,462 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of technically recoverable” natural gas in the United States, which is “enough natural gas to last about 90 years.”

That estimate is based on current technology. As time and technology progress, the amount of technically recoverable natural gas could increase, as has happened over the years with oil and shale exploration and production.

Alaska - Feet - Gas - Reserves - EIA

Alaska itself has about 3.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, according to the EIA. Although that amount is large, it does not put Alaska in the top ten, said the agency.

As the EIA explained, “Natural gas volumes from the North Slope far exceed local demand, and there is no pipeline to transport the natural gas to consumers in the south. Large volumes of natural gas, extracted during oil production, are re-injected into oil fields to help maintain crude oil production rates.”

State - Government - Construction - Gas - Pipeline

“The state government has long urged construction of a natural gas pipeline linking Alaska's North Slope with markets in the Lower 48 states but, to date, a pipeline has not been considered commercially feasible,” reported the...
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