Michael Levi asks, in a blog essay at the Council on Foreign Relations, if natural gas liquids (NGLs) are "as good as" oil.
"NGLs are the light hydrocarbons other than methane that produced as part of natural gas; the most abundant ones are ethane, propane, and butane. Official statistical agencies tend to lump them together with crude oil when discussing long term trends," Levi writes "Thus, when the EIA or IEA say that world oil production has been rising consistently for the past decade, they are talking not only about crude oil, but about NGLs too."
There are problems with the "NGLs aren't oil" criticism, Levi writes.
Levi is the David Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment.
Read the whole essay here.
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