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Cheap gas arrives, but to power coffee makers, not most cars [SLIDE SHOW]

September 01, 2012

Natural gas rivals coal in the race to generate more American electricity. And it’s poised to take the lead.

For the first time, we’re using as much natural gas as coal to generate American electricity. Natural gas prices now rival coal; prices have fallen thanks to abundant supply.  As coal-run plants are retired, 60 percent of replacement plants are fueled by natural gas.

What’s happening to CO2 emission levels in the US as this shift occurs? Today’s slide show tells all. And in “What Do Others Say?” you’ll see that coal isn’t going quietly. Share your own views in our discussion thread below.