According to the US Department of Energy, 900 of the next 1000 US power plants will use natural gas! Have your students explore the reasons for this and learn about the role of natural gas in powering NC’s energy future. The US Department of Energy website provides an Introduction to Natural Gas and discusses how we get natural gas from the ground which can give students the information they need to consider the pros and cons of using this energy source, the least carbon-intensive of the fossil fuels.
Furthermore, you may also be interested in using information and figures from this April 2010 report by the Worldwatch Institute, The Role of Natural Gas in a Low-Carbon Energy Economy.
And clicking here will take you to a previous post about hydraulic fracturing with emphasis on North Carolina’s gas bearing shale.