For the first time ever, gas has surged ahead of coal as the biggest producer of electricity in the US.
Figures released by the Energy Information Administration show that natural gas produced 31.5% of the country’s electricity, and coal 30.2%.
A decade ago, such a reversal was unthinkable. Americans got half their electricity from coal and just a fifth from gas. Now the two are neck and neck.
Analysts say Obama’s climate change proposal is likely to establish gas as the predominant source of electricity as early as 2020.