On the First Day of Christmas Natural Gas Gave to Me…

Natural gas brings us the 12 days of Christmas 
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The holiday season is upon us. While many think that the only contribution natural gas makes to the season is keeping our homes warm, natural gas does much more than that. Without natural gas, the 12 days of Christmas wouldn’t quite be the same.

Natural gas provides the partridge in the pear tree

On the first day of Christmas, you can thank natural gas for the pear trees the partridges call home. Natural gas royalties has allowed many farmers, including those with fruit orchards, to keep farming in resource-rich Pennsylvania.

Natural gas creates the ingredients for turtle dove ornaments

Remember the iconic turtle dove ornaments in “Home Alone 2”? They’re available to purchase at many retailers, and are made from a durable plastic resin made from natural gas byproducts.

Natural gas keeps the French hens warm

French hens dislike being cold as much as humans do. Farmers often use propane and natural gas to heat coops and barns during harsh winters.

Natural gas prevents calling birds from becoming colly

Many of us sing the line “four calling birds,” but the line is actually “four colly birds.” Colly birds are essentially black birds, as “colly” is derived from the Old English word for coal. Natural gas provides fewer emissions for power generation, and, in 2017, surpassed coal as the source for U.S. electric power generation.

Natural gas provides the shine for golden rings

If you wear jewelry, you’re more than likely wearing natural gas. High-pressure natural gas is used by jewelry manufacturers for casting precious metals.

Natural gas is the golden egg laid by the Pa. goose

Marcellus Shale development has been a godsend for Pennsylvania. Natural gas has pumped billions into the state and local economies, and is one of Pennsylvania’s key economics, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Natural gas helps swans keep a-swimming

Farmland wouldn’t be the same without natural gas. Farmers nationwide rely on natural gas byproducts, such as fertilizer, to keep their fields in shape.

Natural gas powers maids a-milking

Manual milking is mostly a thing of the past. The process is now automated, and one New York farm uses natural gas to power its entire operation, including milking machines.

Natural gas gets the ladies dancing

The electricity that allows us to get down to our favorite song? That’s generated by natural gas. And your favorite songs will only be powered more by natural gas: the U.S. Energy Information Administration says natural gas-fired power generating capacity is likely to increase over the next two years.

Natural gas keeps the lords a-leaping

Jumping is easier when you wear sneakers because of the rubber soles. Most soles are made from natural gas byproducts.

Natural gas provides pipers with their pipes

What’s the Christmas season without the sound of pipes? Pipes like wooden flutes often feature a petroleum-based lacquer, made from natural gas byproducts, which gives them their unique appearance.

Natural gas provides the drummers with their drums

And on the 12th day, there were drums. Drums depend on natural gas, as drum heads and bodies are made from plastic, which is derived from natural gas byproducts.

We hope you and your family enjoy the holiday season!