Natural Gas is a major feedstock for the production of fertilizer. Here, a rice farmer spreads fertilizer on his paddy to increase his yield.
The use of natural gas not only improves air quality by reducing smog, but also helps mitigate the impact of climate change by reducing emissions by up to 50%. It also has tangible positive effects of people’s lives around the word.
From the well at which natural gas is produced to the energy-intensive industries it powers and the homes it heats and feeds with electricity, natural gas provides millions of people with employment while allowing for an unparalleled quality of life.
Simply put, natural gas is integral to the 21st century global economy. The global natural gas industry employs and ensures the livelihood of millions people worldwide. For example, in the U.S. roughly 622,000 Americans are directly involved in the exploration, production, transportation and distribution of natural gas. The industry as a whole indirectly sustains over 2.2 million additional jobs in sectors that produce and supply goods and services to the natural gas industry as well as the industry’s employees. Natural gas also is the feedstock for a number of industries that are the foundation of economic growth in many countries, such as fertilizers, plastics, steel and cement industries as well as seawater desalination. These industries’ contributions to an economy’s GDP, tax and investment funds are unrivalled.
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Natural gas improves quality of life on an individual level as well. Natural gas is used in space heating and cooling, for cooking, hot water supplies and many other domestic applications. Natural gas also is a valuable alternative fuel in transportation, providing not only an environmentally friendlier - vehicles powered by natural gas produce 20-30% fewer CO2 emissions than vehicles powered by gasoline - but also an economically friendlier option for heavy duty trucks, public transportation, passenger vehicles, marine and rail transport. According to a 2013 analysis performed by the European Gas Forum, increased use of natural gas in transportation could bring about €60 billion to €70 billion in savings by 2030.