Here's how I see it:
Natural gas > coal
I think it emits about 50% as much CO2 as coal when burned. However, some life cycle assessments of natural gas have it's total GHG footprint as high as something like coal, as a lot of methane is released during the fracking & extraction process.
It's nice we have a lot in the USA. I've read a few different claims on how much supply we have here. From just a decade or two to a hundred years. Not sure.
How destructive it is on the environment, again I've read many different things. I think the process of drilling into the earth and injecting a chemically-laden substance would probably have some serious side effects and I would not enjoy having a well that draws from an aquifer nearby a drilling site.
I hope natural gas is used and thought of as a bridge fuel as we try to move into a society where we almost entirely rely on renewables. Global warming is real folks and we are definitely leaving a ****ed up world for future generations.
I think peak oil will wreak havoc on our economy in the coming decades and coal is just terribad so natural gas is probably the only real choice.
P.S. Just to add a con to fracking -- it uses a lot of water. Not great in intense droughts, which will be a more frequent byproduct of climate change:
Drought strains U.S. Oil Production