Natural gas – decaying infastructure
With all this wildfire talk and natural disasters. I find it interesting that the natural gas line infrastructure in the USA is in really bad shape and in need of billions of dollars to keep it maintained. There are constant leaks in the lines, which creates ground contamination in both soil and water, and of course gas explosions which causes structure fires and injures or kills people. This year the Boston disaster was a vivid reminder of how the infrastructure is in bad shape.
“230 natural gas explosions between 2010 and 2016 that cost $3.4 billion in damages. Altogether, there were 470 injuries and 100 deaths. The total number of incidents were 4,215. Of those, equipment failure accounted for 1,438; corrosion failure made up 752 and, excavation damage was 406. Texas accounted for 1,102 and California made up 297.”
So from a green building and ecological mindset. A home that uses natural gas is not exactly “green” due to the carbon footprint it takes to source gas through fracking. Then the leaks it produces and the resulting carbon monoxide it creates when used inside of a home. As homes get “tighter” the potential of carbon monoxide poisoning and death increases. On average, about 400 Americans die per year due to CO poisoning.
I would be curious to hear and read some thoughts about this topic. I for one opted OUT and did not install natural gas in my home. It is 100% electric, using a heat pump as the heat source, in addition to utilizing passive house techniques to heat the home during winter via the always present sun.
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