US needs gas for future security, says Jimmy Carter

Former US President Jimmy Carter has backed the role of natural gas in the country’s future energy security. Mr Carter, who led the United States from 1977-81, said in a […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Former US President Jimmy Carter has backed the role of natural gas in the country’s future energy security.

Mr Carter, who led the United States from 1977-81, said in a television interview: “If you substitute for some of the dreams I had on solar energy the newly realised supply of natural gas then we can reach that goal in a different way.”

The recent discovery of massive natural gas reserves could lessen the need for foreign energy imports, he suggested.

The former President once pledged that 20% of the country’s electricity would be renewable. His successors haven’t carried out the policies he set in motion though, he added.

“All of the presidents since then, Democratic and Republican, have basically been overly complacent,” he told Platts Energy Week.

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