Vox’s David Roberts has a nice article about what the falling costs of renewable energy mean for the notion of using natural gas as a “bridge” from coal and oil to renewables. The bottom line is we can get there from here without ramping up natural gas production.
This is especially important because the concept of natural gas as a bridge fuel can be used to justify investing in natural gas infrastructure. New energy infrastructure is designed to last decades – even half a century. We can be sure that the owners of said infrastructure would use their considerable political and economic influence to ensure a return on their investment. The result would be a very long, expensive bridge that would do little to curb carbon emissions.