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Natural gas is the world's cleanest fossil fuel; it generates less air pollution and releases less CO2 per unit of useful energy than liquid fuels or coals. With its vast supplies of conventional resources and nonconventional stores, the extension of long-distance gas pipelines and the recent expansion of liquefied natural gas trade, a truly global market has been created Natural gas is the world's cleanest fossil fuel; it generates less air pollution and releases less CO2 per unit of useful energy than liquid fuels or coals. With its vast supplies of conventional resources and nonconventional stores, the extension of long-distance gas pipelines and the recent expansion of liquefied natural gas trade, a truly global market has been created for this clean fuel. Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century discusses the place and prospects of natural gas in modern high-energy societies. Vaclav Smil presents a systematic survey of the qualities, origins, extraction, processing and transportation of natural gas, followed by a detailed appraisal of its many preferred, traditional and potential uses, and the recent emergence of the fuel as a globally traded commodity. The unfolding diversification of sources, particularly hydraulic fracturing, and the role of natural gas in national and global energy transitions are described. The book concludes with a discussion on the advantages, risks, benefits and costs of natural gas as a leading, if not dominant, fuel of the 21st century. This interdisciplinary text will be of interest to a wide readership concerned with global energy affairs including professionals and academics in energy and environmental science, policy makers, consultants and advisors with an interest in the rapidly-changing global energy industry.


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Natural gas is the world's cleanest fossil fuel; it generates less air pollution and releases less CO2 per unit of useful energy than liquid fuels or coals. With its vast supplies of conventional resources and nonconventional stores, the extension of long-distance gas pipelines and the recent expansion of liquefied natural gas trade, a truly global market has been created Natural gas is the world's cleanest fossil fuel; it generates less air pollution and releases less CO2 per unit of useful energy than liquid fuels or coals. With its vast supplies of conventional resources and nonconventional stores, the extension of long-distance gas pipelines and the recent expansion of liquefied natural gas trade, a truly global market has been created for this clean fuel. Natural Gas: Fuel for the 21st Century discusses the place and prospects of natural gas in modern high-energy societies. Vaclav Smil presents a systematic survey of the qualities, origins, extraction, processing and transportation of natural gas, followed by a detailed appraisal of its many preferred, traditional and potential uses, and the recent emergence of the fuel as a globally traded commodity. The unfolding diversification of sources, particularly hydraulic fracturing, and the role of natural gas in national and global energy transitions are described. The book concludes with a discussion on the advantages, risks, benefits and costs of natural gas as a leading, if not dominant, fuel of the 21st century. This interdisciplinary text will be of interest to a wide readership concerned with global energy affairs including professionals and academics in energy and environmental science, policy makers, consultants and advisors with an interest in the rapidly-changing global energy industry.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Omar Al Kaaki

    A very comprehensive and beautiful overview of the complete Natural Gas supply chain... From the chemical compounds forming it, to the technologies speeding up it's extraction, to the geopolitics governing it's trade. A very comprehensive and beautiful overview of the complete Natural Gas supply chain... From the chemical compounds forming it, to the technologies speeding up it's extraction, to the geopolitics governing it's trade.

  2. 5 out of 5

    William Thomson

    Lots of good facts, very little narrative. This book does not present the story of natural gas so much as the facts of its use as a fuel source. If you are looking to learn about the people and businesses involved in the development of Natural Gas as a fuel during the twentieth entry this is not the book for you. If on the other hand you are interested in knowing how Natural Gas compares as a fuel to other fuels, or how much it costs to develop natural gas infrastructure, etc this is a good reso Lots of good facts, very little narrative. This book does not present the story of natural gas so much as the facts of its use as a fuel source. If you are looking to learn about the people and businesses involved in the development of Natural Gas as a fuel during the twentieth entry this is not the book for you. If on the other hand you are interested in knowing how Natural Gas compares as a fuel to other fuels, or how much it costs to develop natural gas infrastructure, etc this is a good resource.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Howland

    Very detailed and thoroughly thought through. If you want to learn about this increasingly prominent fuel source, it's a good pick-up Very detailed and thoroughly thought through. If you want to learn about this increasingly prominent fuel source, it's a good pick-up

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