Transcript for The Future of Energy Gases, segment 03 of 13

We seem to have reached a critical point in our energy history. We're dependent on foreign oil, uncertain about the effect of fossil fuels on the atmosphere and our health, and struggling to find a balanced energy policy. To plot our way through this maze of problems that confront us, more than anything we need clear information. Here, our focus is on energy gases, particularly natural gas, methane, a fuel that may help us move into a cleaner and more secure energy future.


Over the past two hundred years we've replaced each dominant energy source - first wood, then coal - with a newer, cleaner, and more convenient fuel. We may well be in the early stages of yet another transition, this time from oil to natural gas.

Natural gas now accounts for about twenty-five percent of our energy needs. Fifty million families and four million businesses rely on natural gas for fuel. Natural gas also provides the intense heat needed for industrial processes and vehicle fleets throughout the United States are being converted to natural gas. Cars can be easily and safely operated on natural gas with revisions to the fuel system and natural gas storage cylinders that are virtually indestructible.

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