When people think about applications for natural gas in the US some of the most iconic images are kitchen stove burner tips and large power plants. However, natural gas liquids are widely used in manufacturing thousands of everyday products, as well as fertilizers and other applications that people may not be as familiar with.

The dramatic increase in US natural gas production over the past five years has many in the industry talking about the potential expanded uses for gas including exporting the fuel to high value overseas markets and greater use in transportation.

These competing visions of how best to use the abundant resource in order to achieve an optimal mix of environmental, economic, and strategic goals has sparked a debate among various stakeholders, including the petrochemical industry, about whether or not it should be exported.

This original Breaking Energy infographic shows some of the many uses for natural gas and which sectors are most reliant on the fuel.

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