Video: How the US fell in love with fossil gas — and LNG

Climate Town explains the problematic rise of U.S. fossil gas in a video produced in partnership with Canary Media.
By Canary Staff

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A man with a mustache wearing a beanie and parka. A large title caption reads "THE SECRET LIFE OF NATURAL GAS"

A decade ago, the U.S. barely sent any of its natural gas overseas — but as of last year, it became the largest exporter of the leak-prone, planet-warming gas in the world.

How did we get here? To really answer that question, we’ve got to go back in time, to an era when coal was still king and fracking was just an emerging technology. That’s exactly what our friends at Climate Town did in their new video, produced in partnership with Canary Media. The video chronicles how fossil gas rose to the top of the U.S. energy food chain, becoming the country’s primary source of electricity — and how it became a major export, too, in the form of liquefied natural gas, or LNG. Climate Town walks us through the whole story, shining a light on why these developments present such an urgent problem for the planet.

Check the video out below or on Climate Town’s YouTube page.