The potential for a golden age of gas comes with a big ''if'' regarding environmental and social impacts. The International Energy Agency (IEA) believes that this age of gas can be golden and that unconventional gas can be produced in an environmentally acceptable way.
In an exclusive interview with James Stafford, IEA executive director, MARIA VAN DER HOEVEN discusses the prospects for the energy industry.
In 2011, the IEA predicted what it called the golden age of gas, with gas production rising 50% over the next 25 years. What does this golden age mean for coal, oil and nuclear energy — and for renewables? What does it mean for humanity in terms of carbon emissions? Is the natural gas boom lessening the sense of urgency to work towards renewable energy solutions?
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