After receiving an email asking me to participate in a poll for the American Nuclear Society, I asked the following question of my Twitter followers.
Would the American Natural Gas Society poll its members to find out if they should stop marketing the “low-carbon” aspect of their product?
— Rod Adams (@Atomicrod) August 8, 2013
Coincidentally, I found a new ad produced by the Shell Oil Company that provides clear evidence that the natural gas industry has no internal conflicts about marketing their product as a solution to climate change. They have no fear of emphasizing the fact that it has lower carbon than coal. They also like pointing out that natural gas fired power plants can be built faster, with a lower capital investment than coal, nuclear, and onshore wind.
Aside: I was amused by the way that Shell dismissed offshore wind with the following words about their capital costs – “not to mention offshore wind” plants. End Aside.
Not surprisingly, Shell’s ad is careful to refer to natural gas as the “cleanest fossil fuel”.
The ad also avoids mentioning the enormous capital investment and lengthy construction time frame required to add new fuel supply infrastructure. Both long distance pipelines and liquified natural gas (LNG) processing facilities require tens of billions of dollars and decades worth of lead time to arrange all of the required permits and rights of way.