The Natural Gas Revolution: Critical Questions for a Sustainable Energy Future

Over the past year, Resources for the Future (RFF) has held discussions with energy experts and conducted a literature review to determine what is known, uncertain, and unknown about the future development of natural gas. This report captures RFF’s results from these activities to offer insight on how natural gas development can be sustained in the long-term, taking into account economic, environmental, and social considerations. The report is organized into seven sections on natural gas topics; supply, demand, economic impact, environmental (and public health) impacts, climate interactions and impacts, regulation and other approaches to reduce risks, and international implications. Each section includes critical questions regarding the sustainable development of natural gas. Answering these questions will greatly expand the pool of knowledge surrounding natural gas opportunities as well as help inform the public policies that determine whether these opportunities are realized.