The Role of Natural Gas in the Clean Power Plan

52 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2016 Last revised: 7 Jan 2017

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Lincoln L. Davies

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Victoria Luman

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This article overviews the role that natural gas has played over time in the United States. It identifies and surveys five key historical roles that natural gas has served: (1) as an early competitor for lighting, (2) as a nuisance byproduct in oil production, (3) as a heating and appliance fuel, especially as pipeline technology improved, (4) as a catalyst for legal change during the energy crises, and (5) as an increasingly important fuel for electricity production. The article then examines the likely role of natural gas as way to address climate change in the United States, using the ideas of a "bridge" fuel, a "dead end," and the Clean Power Plan as lenses. Commonalities and differences in models estimating natural gas use under the Clean Power Plan are identified and summarized.

Keywords: Natural gas, climate change, historical energy use, Clean Power Plan, bridge fuel, flaring, lighting, electricity production

JEL Classification: K23, K32, L9, L94, L95, Q54, N7, N71, N72, P48, Q4, Q43, Q47

Suggested Citation

Davies, Lincoln L. and Luman, Victoria, The Role of Natural Gas in the Clean Power Plan (2016). John Marshall Law Review, Vol. 49, pp. 325-375, 2016; University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 192. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2869910

Lincoln L. Davies (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Victoria Luman

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )

383 S. University Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

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