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  •  Hence why I think the article is diary worthy (1+ / 0-)
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    srkp23

    ...by a knowledgeable diarist with the time to pick through elements and cite other sources if and where it may be incorrect.

    Contrary to your assertion, the NYT article claims:

    The gas, whose extraction from the undersea hydrate was thought to be a world first, could provide an alternative source of energy to known oil and gas reserves. That could be crucial especially for Japan, which is the world’s biggest importer of liquefied natural gas and is engaged in a public debate about whether to resume the country’s heavy reliance on nuclear power.
    Anyways, I need to get back to work.  Deadlines looming.
    •  Many dangers though and clathrate "burps" (1+ / 0-)
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      Cliss

      may dwarf all the CO2 released so far. Methane hydrate on the sea floor is reaching a temperature, due to ocean warming, where it might spontaneously start "burping" up in huge bubbles which are released into the atmosphere. This would cause a rapid increase in warming because unfortunately, CH4 is a much more effective greenhouse gas than CO2. Fine if you can tap it and burn the hydrogen minus the carbon, but I don't think we have demonstrated the technology for either the extraction of the methane hydrate nor the sequestration of its carbon, with any sort of efficiency.

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