A new study promises to debunk the belief that natural gas is a completely clean-burning hydrocarbon. The study, published in the Environmental Engineering Science journal, contends natural gas used in home appliances such as cook top burners emits ultra-fine particulate that damage the lungs and brain.
The study bolsters the notion that there is ALWAYS a cost to producing energy or heat. Wind energy may not cause climate change or billow pollution into the atmosphere, but it has its downsides to which my post yesterday on Shadow Flicker attests. In short, renewable energy is desirable, but its impact on humans and the environment must be studied and mitigated.
Or at least understood. And that’s what this peer-reviewed paper attempts to do with natural gas. Check it out.