a combustible mixture of gaseous hydrocarbons that accumulates in porous sedimentary rocks, especially those yielding petroleum, consisting usually of over 80 percent methane together with minor amounts of ethane, propane, butane, nitrogen, and, sometimes, helium: used as a fuel and to make carbon black, acetylene, and synthesis gas.
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How to use natural gas in a sentence
The company is in the process of re-powering an existing coal plant to run on a combination of natural gas and hydrogen by 2025.A startup using a new tech to make hydrogen extracts cash from Bill Gates’ climate tech fund | Jonathan Shieber | February 9, 2021 | TechCrunch
He said Virginians’ overall bills run higher because they use more electricity than other states, like those in New England that rely on natural gas or oil for heat.“The People We Serve Are Paying Too Much for Energy:” Virginia Lawmakers Are Targeting Dominion Energy | by Patrick Wilson and Mel Leonor, Richmond Times-Dispatch | January 29, 2021 | ProPublica
The cost of increasing capacity was $41 for coal and $28 for natural gas.Solar power got cheap. So why aren’t we using it more? | Ula Chrobak | January 28, 2021 | Popular-Science
That’s the argument increasingly put forth by climate scientists and activists looking to put an end to the continued extraction of coal, oil, and natural gas.Switching your bank might help slow the climate crisis | Ula Chrobak | December 29, 2020 | Popular-Science
The city is already halfway there with the creation of San Diego Community Power, which is taking over SDG&E’s old job of selecting and purchasing the kind of power San Diego runs on, like solar or natural gas.Environment Report: New Mayor, Council Draw Lines in Franchise Fee Battle | MacKenzie Elmer | December 21, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Total oil production figures include crude oil, natural gas liquids, and other liquid energy products.
On top of oil, the United States produces significantly more natural gas than Saudi Arabia.
But if Clinton waded into the natural gas debate, she entirely avoided the Keystone one.Hillary Praises Fracking, Stays Silent on Keystone | David Freedlander | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She is groundbreaking on the problem of methane leaks in natural-gas fracking, an exception that swallows the rule.Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ Will Change Nothing | Michael Signer | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It would transport bitumen and liquefied natural gas drawn from the tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast, mainly in Texas.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL | Jack Holmes | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the value of its petroleum, natural gas, clay products, and pig iron it has no close second.
For natural gas the compression pressure may easily be raised to from 85 to 100 pounds per square inch.Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag
Findlay is the centre of the Ohio natural gas and oil region, and lime and building stone 355 abound in the vicinity.
In 1890 I became interested in the natural gas field at Greentown, Ind.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
In 1896, natural gas was first used in the United States as a fuel for roasting coffee.All About Coffee | William H. Ukers
British Dictionary definitions for natural gas
a gaseous mixture consisting mainly of methane trapped below ground; used extensively as a fuel
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Scientific definitions for natural gas
A mixture of hydrocarbon gases that occurs naturally beneath the Earth's surface, often with or near petroleum deposits. Natural gas contains mostly of methane but also has varying amounts of ethane, propane, butane, and nitrogen. It is used as a fuel and in making organic compounds.
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