How viable is natural gas as an alternative fuel?

Do we have enough of it to run every car on the road without spiking the price due to increased demand?
What is the state of the global reserves of natural gas?

2 Responses to “How viable is natural gas as an alternative fuel?”

  1. oil field trash Says:

    No we do not have sufficient readily available to run all the cars on the road. On average we use about 390 million gallons of gasoline each day in the US. That is a lot of natural gas when you consider the energy in each cubic foot of natural gas to that of gasoline.

    There is a limited amount of natual gas in the world and much of it is not in the place where it is needed. Turning it into a liquid for transport and the moving it to market is expensive and many places do not want LGN terminals in their back yards so siting storage is very very difficult.

  2. bbullough Says:

    it is probably not wise to even try to do this. NG is so useful for so many other things, why put undue demand on it, raising the price, reducing safety on the road (it has to be compressed to usefully use it for transport fuel)? Just as other fluid fossil fuels, it is being used up, and price would spike. However, the real short-term constraint is the limited distribution system. the pipelines are pretty much at capacity, so getting more to the consumer is enormously more costly – need to put in more pipelines, and environmentalists have been fighting that one for years.

    The most economical means of "making" hydrogen is to use NG as a raw material. similar for ammonia (agricultural fertilizer of choice). If NG price goes up, so do those materials.