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March 31st, 2011
08:59 AM ET

Could natural gas be the answer to America's call for clean, safe energy?

Amid safety and health concerns brought to light by the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, the push for a nuclear energy renaissance in the United States has waned.

As a result, Americans are looking for other sources of clean, cheap energy, and some people are pointing to shale gas as the solution. A clean and cheap fuel, many are touting shale as the transitional fuel to renewable energy; however, critics say the process of drilling for shale gas is dangerous.

Bryan Walsh talks to Christine Romans about his latest article, "The Gas Dilemma", and the debate over natural gas.

Filed under: Energy • U.S.
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Turley Hayes

    As a former electric company employee, I know that natural gas is much to expensive for making it a great energy alternative. It's primary roll should continue to be for use as a "peaking" source. That is it is a fantastic backup to coal or nuclear energy, but not as a replacement for either one.
    The deregulation of the electric industry,y has caused extreme costs for coal and nuclear. This country needs to fund research into other alternatives.

    April 1, 2011 at 6:24 am |
  2. Mel Stanley

    Gas drilling in cleburne coounty Arkansas thought to be source of multiple earth quakes in the vicinity of Guy, Ark and the Greers Ferry Lake area.

    This certainly is a big concern when they are talking about the dam possibly cracking and evacuation routes for those below the dam.

    Reference Sun Times Heber Springs Arkansas. I would like to see CNN visit this issue.

    Thank you.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  3. Wolf Blitzer

    What is moderation??
    Does moderation mean Approval by Who?
    The Dean

    March 31, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  4. Wolf Blitzer

    Please develop the supply line story of the Rebels. Where does the food, water, guns and ammunition come from and who delivers it.

    One the human interest side when a Rebel is wounded what happens?
    Where does he go?
    Are doctors available?
    Where is the American Red Cross in all of this carnage?
    Where do the rebels get their Money?
    How is the next leader or current leader of the rebles chosen?
    The Dean

    March 31, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  5. Dona Syman

    Shame on you for misleading the American Public by eliminating the chemicals used in Fracking for Natural Gas!

    March 31, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  6. steven

    nuclear should be the last thing on the list for energy sources.
    even without the potential for disasters like in Japan today, there is still the matter of the waste which is produced. There is currently no way to "get rid of" that waste. We can bury it, sure. with a potential to contaminate ground water and harm the environment for the next 100,000 years just from one placement, it is not a good fit for our environmental policy.

    March 31, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  7. steven

    go to allegan county, michigan once. we leaked thousands of gallons worth of natural gas every year because the wells are not maintained.

    March 31, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  8. Dona Syman

    Dear Christine Romans and Bryan Walsh, Get your facts straight, the natural gas companies pump up to 180 toxic chemicals into the ground along with water to extract natural gas! Shame on you for misleading the American public! Dona Syman

    March 31, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  9. Jan

    PBS broadcast an excellent program on the current global crisis and the interrelationship of energy, global warming, population growth and the instability of nation states. Lester Brown stresses the point that an internationally collaborative approach with great urgency is probably the only way. Short term solutions with limited scope will not make much of a difference unless everyone (all nations, corporations, consumers, etc.) recognizes that we may be at the edge of the cliff with only one foot remaining on the ground.

    March 31, 2011 at 9:09 am |