What benefits can we get from natural gas?



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    Natural gas can be used to generate electricity, manufacture plastics and other materials, fuel buses, and heat homes.  The general consensus is that natural gas is more “clean-burning” than other hydrocarbon fuel sources like coal or petroleum.  Advocates state it releases 50% fewer carbon emissions.  Also America has a big supply domestically so, the gas wouldn’t be traveling from the other side of the world and hopefully would help the U.S. reduce its dependence on foreign oils, a goal every President since Nixon has articulated.  The controversy is that the extraction of natural gas is not environmentally friendly.  Fracking, specifically, uses a lot of water and chemicals that get pumped into the earth and the process is currently barely regulated.  

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