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Monday, January 16, 2012

A Modest Methane Proposal

Timothy Birdnow

A quick thought; much is made by the Gang Green and their tame scientists about the dangers of carbon dioxide melting permafrost and releasing methane to trigger catastrophic global warming. Well, what are we waiting for? Methane is trapped under ice, under the sea, in the permafrost just waiting to be burned for fuel. Why aren't we extracting it, so if this great melting occurs we will have less to worry about?

Natural gas is largely methane. When methane is burned you get the following reaction:
CH4 + 2O2 > CO2 + 2H2O

So, you end up with water and carbon dioxide.

Shouldn't environmentalists be pushing for large scale extraction of natural gas, so that it does not become a super greenhouse gas? Isn't it better to burn methane and make carbon dioxide, a minor greenhouse gas, than to release the methane into the atmosphere, threating a runaway greenhouse effect.

Am I missing something here?

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