Fossil fuels, including natural gas, will not be part of any final clean energy solution to climate change. It makes no sense to transition to natural gas, only to have to replace it with something better in the near future. As a technology, even carbon capture and storage (CCS) attached to gas power plants is unlikely (see IPCC Assessment Report 5, WG3, Chapter 7, page 539, Table 7.6) to be clean enough for use in any solution.
- AJP recommends that there should be no expansion of natural gas use, whether from coal seam or other sources.
- AJP recommends that current natural gas use be rapidly phased out in favour of clean energy technologies. Rapidly, in this case means 15 to 20 years.