Methane Leaks Negate Natural Fuel Benefits Studies have shown that burning natural gas as car fuel produces thirty percent less carbon dioxide than diesel, making it seem to be more eco-friendly. But, the mining and drilling done to collect these gasses cause methane leaks, whose effects are thirty times more potent than carbon dioxide. Studies are showing that there is fifty percent more methane in the atmosphere than what was estimated by the EPA, showing that there is a substantial amount of methane leaking from natural gas mines. Although these studies show that natural gas is harmful because of the methane leaks, if there was an entire switch from coal burning power to natural gas, the production of global warming chemicals would be lower. While there are no federal regulations, some states are considering implementing methane regulating rules in hopes to lower pollution and dependence on foreign oils. Some regulations are going to require that oil companies spend money on policies and technology that will strictly monitor their emissions, causing less methane to be released and more natural gas to be available. Most companies are taking to this voluntarily, and are lowering their emissions, while some have levels that are higher than those allowed by the EPA.
These studies show that methane is a byproduct of natural gas collection, which is considered to be more "green", and is causing more heating globally because of its potency. While methane is being released, levels are rising, and people are getting a picture of how dangerous it can be, with levels 50 percent higher than the estimated global atmospheric methane. To combat these emissions, the EPA is stressing that there needs to be new policies and technology within the companies that emit methane so as to stop these emissions from their source. While most companies are refusing these policies, some are taking to it voluntarily. This is causing a large portion of companies to have lower, on average, levels of methane emissions than what the EPA is allowing. Although, some companies have higher levels of emissions, and is causing massive instability among these emissions. However, even with all of these risks, overall global warming chemicals and effects would be lowered if coal burning was expelled, and natural gas burning was put in its place.
I believe that natural gas burning is our next step to lowering pollution. I think that when it is financially possible, we should switch entirely from coal burning to natural gas burning, and a lot of problems would fall in line afterwards. A way that we can go about bringing this to be, is by creating petitions to encourage collection and burning of natural gas. Also, if a society could present to companies hat the benefits of natural gas is, then, I believe, that most companies would agree, and our reliance on outside countries and sources of fuel would decline, and our country would become a better place to live within.