Cracked: 15 Things to Know About Gas, Money and Power

By Eric Roston and Tom Randall - 2014-02-21T13:10:53Z

U.S. Energy Information Administration

Company Symbol % Change
15 of 16

Gas Cars Are Sort of the Future

President Barack Obama used his State of the Union Address this year to press Congress to support construction of natural-gas fueling stations. With that kind of high-level attention, it might seem the U.S. is on the brink of a natural-gas vehicle explosion. 

Well, yes and no. 

Forecasts for natural gas vehicles call for a sharp rise in coming decades, shown in the graph above, especially for heavy vehicles like shipping trucks. However, gas will remain just a 4-percent sliver of the total market for transportation fuels by 2040, according to estimates by the U.S. Energy Information Agency.

Natural-gas vehicles may actually be worse for climate change than diesel, according to a study last week in the journal Science. While gas cars run cleaner, methane leaks from fracking outweigh the CO2 savings from the tailpipe.

More from the report:
Gas Boom: America for Shale