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Increased use of natural gas contributes to reduction in carbon emissions

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

In Pennsylvania, carbon emissions from electricity generation decreased by almost 20% from 2005 - 2014 due to increased use of clean burning natural gas made possible by the technological advancements in hydraulic fracturing. API President and CEO Jack Gerard cited the increased use of natural gas as one driver of the decrease in emissions.

“America is leading the world in oil and natural gas production and in the reduction of carbon emissions which are near 20 year lows. Pennsylvania’s reduction in carbon emissions and surge in energy production show that we can produce more energy and lower carbon emissions here at home,” said Gerard. “We are second to no one on both.”

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million US jobs and 8% of the US economy. API’s more than 650 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 30 million Americans.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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