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  •  Methane power plants are already (1+ / 0-)
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    popular in Europe and there is no reason why we shouldn't capture methane from our waste (landfills, waste water, and animal waste) and use it for fuel.

    I think it can be a cleaner option than any of the other options we are pursuing.  

    •  Great distinction. (8+ / 0-)

      Methane capture (which is great and makes sense) involves capturing methane that has already been generated regardless, and burning it for energy.  If the methane were NOT captured, it would be released to the atmosphere, where it is even a worse greenhouse case than CO2. Converting it to CO2 via combustion actually results in a net decrease in greenhouse effect. This is a far cry from releasing NEW methane from the ocean floor just for combustion.  The latter results in a net increase in greenhouse gas (not to mention fugitive emissions).

      Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

      by bigtimecynic on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 11:22:15 AM PDT

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