America is leading the world in the production of natural gas. That is good for workers, consumers, investors and the environment. Natural gas helps reduce climate-related risks while meeting growing global energy demand and supporting economic development.

The increased use of natural gas for power generation is one of the leading reasons why greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States are falling. Between 2005 and 2015, the majority of states saw energy-related per-capita carbon emissions go down. Even with population growth and increased economic activity, carbon emissions from the electric power sector are lower than they were in 1990.

This is good news for U.S. efforts to reduce overall GHG emissions, which have been falling since 2007. They are now at their lowest level in 25 years.

The environmental benefits of natural gas go beyond lowering GHG emissions. Natural gas emits less pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides. Power plants using natural gas also consume much less water than coal or nuclear power plants.

Additionally, natural gas generation supports the development of renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Since the wind does not blow at a steady rate and the sun is not always shining, natural gas powers consistent, reliable energy production when solar and wind facilities are offline.

As a leader in natural gas production, ConocoPhillips is proud to provide an efficient and affordable way to reduce carbon emissions and support renewable energy right here at home.

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