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  •  Isn't it possible - not a chemist here - (1+ / 0-)
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    To convert methane into light crude using appropriate chemical reactions?

    Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

    by Dauphin on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 11:32:34 AM PDT

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    •  Not really (1+ / 0-)
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      Nat gas has liquids that condense from the gas, but not a lot, and nat gas is better from  GHG point of view than oil  from tar sands.

      Basically the nat gas is more desirable to the market, then to try to make nat gas into syncrude.

      Chemically IIRC nat gas is methane and carbon, oil is hydrogen and carbon. Similar, but would take significant energy input to change nat gas to a liquid fuel.

      It might be better to use nat gas in a nat gas burning vehicle.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 12:05:25 PM PDT

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