US off track to reach climate goals as oil and gas production expand

by Emily Holden, The Guardian

The US could become a net energy exporter by next year as oil and gas production expands, according to new projections from the Energy Information Administration.

America is becoming increasingly reliant on natural gas – a fossil fuel that contributes to climate change but less so than coal. Solar power will grow rapidly too. Both will replace nuclear and coal power plants that are more expensive.

But the rapid shift toward natural gas and a slow-down in weaning off coal will put the US far behind the global climate change goals scientists say are necessary to avoid the worst impacts of rising temperatures.

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