The paper examines the environmental crisis facing the planet in the coming decades due to an enhanced ’greenhouse effect’, its causes and impacts. It then discusses future energy demands of industrial and developing countries and shows that the latter will face a huge energy crisis with serious consequences on the environment – unless a move to cleaner fuels is adopted. It finally examines the future prospects of Natural Gas, an abundant and relatively cheap · at today's prices – primary energy source which is the most environmentally-benign of all fossil fuels. The study demonstrates why Natural Gas is regarded as the fuel of the 21" century, and our hedge against a looming environmental crisis.

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