A recent study conducted by a team of scholars over at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) concludes that natural gas will be a vitally important source of fuel for the automotive industry as we move forward, but it won't be pumped into cars as shown above. Instead, the researchers at MIT suggest that natural gas will play a key role in the advancement of electric vehicles (EVs) and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

As the study concludes, over the course of the next several decades, combined-cycle natural gas generation plants will slowly replace inefficient and dirty energy sources such coal power plants. The natural gas power plants can then provide the juice necessary to keep EVs rolling down the road. The MIT researches admit that natural gas power generation is only a temporary fix that will hold us over until more zero-carbon renewable energy sources are widely used.

There's has been a significant amount of chatter regarding natural gas and its role in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, but little concrete evidence has surfaced to support a changeover to natural gas. Now, researchers at MIT claim to have confirmed the importance of natural gas as a bridge to a low-carbon future. As MIT director Enrest Moniz remarked:
Much has been said about natural gas as a bridge to a low-carbon future, with little underlying analysis to back up this contention. The analysis in this study provides the confirmation - natural gas truly is a bridge to a low-carbon future.
You can bet that T. Boone Pickens will be overjoyed to discover that the geniuses at MIT conclude that natural gas is the future.

[Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Image: Rockershirt – C.C. License 2.0]

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