Why does the burning of natural gas produce less carbon dioxide than the burning of coal?

This was mentioned on NPR and, being a chemist, it doesn't make sense. Burning any form of carbon completely produces carbon dioxide, and stoiciometrically, it shouldn't matter the form in which the carbon exists.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Natural Gas is a higher % Hydrogen, so it makes more water and less Carbon Dioxide than coal.

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