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Energy Policy, vol.53 pp.442-453, February 2013
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|Resource title||Shale gas vs. coal: Policy implications from environmental impact comparisons of shale gas, conventional gas, and coal on air, water, and land in the United States|
|Author(s)||Steffen Jenner, Alberto J. Lamadrid|
|Publication/ source||Energy Policy, vol.53 pp.442-453|
|Date published||February 2013|
|Summary text/ abstract||The aim of this paper is to examine the major environmental impacts of shale gas, conventional gas and coal on air, water, and land in the United States. These factors decisively affect the quality of life (public health and safety) as well as local and global environmental protection. Comparing various lifecycle assessments, this paper will suggest that a shift from coal to shale gas would benefit public health, the safety of workers, local environmental protection, water consumption, and the land surface. Most likely, shale gas also comes with a smaller GHG footprint than coal. However, shale gas extraction can affect water safety. This paper also discusses related aspects that exemplify how shale gas can be more beneficial in the short and long term. First, there are technical solutions readily available to fix the most crucial problems of shale gas extraction, such as methane leakages and other geo-hazards. Second, shale gas is best equipped to smoothen the transition to an age of renewable energy. Finally, this paper will recommend hybrid policy regulations.|
|Library categories||Climate Change, Energy, Extr. Energy Climate|
|Added to Free Range Library||16/02/2014|