Live Chat: Is Natural Gas an Energy Solution or a Climate Threat?

Eli is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine.

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Natural gas is transforming the global energy system and offers both promise and peril for the future. Methane, its main component, burns more cleanly than coal or gasoline, but when it leaks into the atmosphere packs a punch as a greenhouse gas as much as 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. A study released earlier this month concluded that official estimates of methane leaks by the Environmental Protection Agency may be as much as 75% too low. But it supports the idea that natural gas could be a bridge between our coal-dominated present and a future planet powered on renewables.

What are the true risks of our current natural gas binge?  How can we find leaks in a massive, ubiquitous energy system, and why are they so pernicious? Where does a shift to natural gas make sense, and how can we make that transition safely? Join a live chat with experts on Thursday, 27 February, at 3 p.m. EST to explore this burning issue.

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