Natural Gas: Providing An Efficient, Economical Energy Source

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Dismissed as a useless byproduct of crude oil production until the second half of the 20th century, natural gas now provides 23 percent of all energy consumed in the world. And the demand is growing. An economical, environmentally friendly and efficient energy source, natural gas is the cleanest-burning conventional fuel, producing lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions than do heavier hydrocarbon fuels, such as coal and oil. Historically, natural gas also has been one of the most economical energy sources.

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