The IEA has released data on CO2 emissions from energy for 2018. They note:
Despite growth in coal use, fuel switching between coal and gas accelerated in 2018, reducing the carbon intensity of global energy use. Driven by economics and policies, coal-to-gas switching avoided almost 60 Mt of coal demand, with the transition to less carbon-intensive natural gas helping avert 95 Mt of CO2 emissions. Without this coal-to-gas switch, the increase in emissions would have been more than 15% greater.
Climate change activists should be outraged by the Government banning gas exploration. Switching energy production from coal to gas is limiting the increase in CO2 emissions.
Increased generation from nuclear power plants also reduced emissions, averting nearly 60 Mt of CO2 emissions.
Food for thought.