How much natural gas is there? -
In North America there is an abundance of natural gas. Measuring the amount of natural gas is extremely difficult until the gas has been extracted from the ground. There are ways to measure the amount of natural gas in the ground but it’s “no easy job.” New technology makes it easier and easier to understand the amount of natural gas that’s readily available. The technology is far from perfect, but better technology gets discovered everyday. The common misconception of natural gas is that we’re running out, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
Most of the natural gas found in North American is concentrated in distinct areas. Historically, natural gas reserves have been found in Texas and surrounding the Gulf of Mexico. However, with recent advances in energy from shale production, a number of states across the U.S. are able to tap into previously unreachable natural gas reserves. Major states producing energy from shale include New York, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana.
Unfortunately, energy from shale is a non-renewable resource because natural gas in from shale is formed over thousands and possibly millions of years. However, that doesn’t mean that natural gas isn’t sustainable and environmentally friendly. In the United State alone, natural gas can sustain for more that a century, which can boost the entire economy, not to mention that the United States only makes up 4% of the world’s total natural gas reserve.
Most natural gas is a fossil fuel; however, the emissions from natural gas are far less threatening to the environment than traditional fossil fuels (gasoline and diesel). The production of domestic fuel will not only sustain over a large period of time, but will also boost the economy in a way that helps further the research and production of other alternative energy, such as, wind and solar energy.