- April 1, 2021: Vol. 14, Number 4

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Natural gas: A bridge to responsible energy transition

by Dave Noakes

With recent divestment announcements from the New York City pension fund and permit cancellations for the Keystone XL pipeline, we continue to see the drive toward a lower carbon future gain momentum. At this writing, some 125 countries, including half the G20, have now committed to achieving “net-zero” emissions by 2050 — meaning that any carbon emissions would be balanced by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere. Relatedly, a large number of organizations support the climate-related reporting framework proposed by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. This framework is endorsed by over 1,500 organizations globally, including more than 1,340 companies with a market capitalization of $12.6 trillion and financial institutions responsible for assets of $150 trillion.

While many agree on the long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, our society faces the challenge of how to accomplish this while still meeting the world’s rapidly

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