Benefits of Natural Gas
Natural gas itself plays a role in helping the environment. Using natural gas in place of other fuels can help ease a number of environmental concerns – greenhouse gas emissions, acid rain, smog, solid waste and water pollution. When natural gas is burned, it produces virtually no emissions of sulfur dioxide or particulate matter and far lower levels of greenhouse gases and nitrogen oxides than other sources of energy such as oil and coal. In addition, unlike the oil, coal and nuclear processes, the natural gas process produces virtually no solid waste and has much lower impact on water quality.
The inherent cleanliness of natural gas when compared with other fuels, coupled with the high efficiency of natural gas equipment, means that substituting gas for the other fuels can help reduce the emission of the air pollutants that produce smog and acid rain and that could exacerbate the greenhouse effect.