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    Obama Climate Plan Touts Gas Fracking As "Transition Fuel," Doubling Down on Methane Risk

    "Burning natural gas is about one-half as carbon-intensive as coal, which can make it a critical 'bridge fuel' for many countries as the world transitions to even cleaner sources of energy," reads the plan.

    That premise is false. When measured in its entire life cycle - as Cornell University researchers found - fracked gas is actually dirtier than coal and therefore is a bridge to nowhere other than extreme climate disruption. That's due to fugitive methane emissions, conveniently left out of the climate plan: methane is a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide.

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 08:35:07 PM PDT

    •  While methane does break down over time (4+ / 0-)

      (as opposed to CO2 which does not), the greenhouse effect is enormous.

      From Wikipedia:

      it [methane] is more efficient at trapping heat in the atmosphere, so that a given quantity of methane has 62 times the global-warming potential of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period, 20 times over a 100-year period and 8 times over a 500-year period.
      [emphasis mine]

      And with more and more wells being drilled all the time, the amount of fugitive methane will increase, and of course well operators grossly underestimate how much gas they are leaking.

      Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. Carl Sagan

      by sjburnman on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 08:52:19 PM PDT

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