ENERGY TRANSITION & CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS: Mar 14, 2020

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“I think most women are more collaborative than most men, and this is about radical collaboration. I think women tend to think more long-term. I also think that we come at the role of stewardship much easier than men. I think for all of those reasons, that’s why we see so many young women coming forward as young, fantastic leaders that are mobilizing youth.”

Christiana Figueres, former secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change and chief negotiator of the Paris Climate accord

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The Role of Gas in the Energy Transition

Whether we can avoid exceeding 1.5°C of warming depends on the global gas industry’s willingness to solve the most important problem it has on its hands today: emissions of the extremely potent greenhouse gas methane, the primary component of natural gas.

Gas is often presented as a “clean transition fuel” because it burns more cleanly than coal. Though burning natural gas does indeed emit less carbon dioxide (CO2) and particulate matter than coal to produce the same amount of energy, the “clean” label for gas ignores the methane released into the atmosphere when gas is extracted, moved through pipelines, and distributed into homes and businesses. Worldwide, the oil and gas industry emits 80 million tons of methane pollution each year: 16 percent of all human-made greenhouse gas CO2 emissions.

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