Although natural gas produces about half the carbon dioxide emissions when burned than coal does, studies show methane leaks and flaring throughout the supply chain release far more greenhouse gas emissions than official data suggests. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Can natural gas be part of a climate change solution? That’s what the American Petroleum Institute argues in a new campaign it has launched ahead of this year’s elections, pushing back against some Democratic candidates who support bans on new development of oil and gas. The campaign echoes a refrain that supporters from both political parties have pushed for years: that gas is a cleaner fuel than coal and can serve as a bridge to a low-carbon future. The industry points to data showing the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions are at their lowest level in decades , as coal power generation has been replaced by gas, which produces about half […]