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PESD Policy Brief: Natural Gas Can Play Key Role If Governments Support It

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PESD Associate Director Mark C. Thurber argues that natural gas, often the neglected stepchild of the climate debate, in fact has the most potential among energy supply options to achieve cost-effective greenhouse gas reductions in the near term. Dramatic advances in techniques for extracting "unconventional gas" could presage a bright future for the fuel, but only if governments do their part to support the expansion of gas demand and associated infrastructure.