WHAT DOESN’T WORK
Fossil Fuel Follies
Natural Gas Is a Bridge to Climate Hell writes Naomi Orestes at TomDispatch, for several reasons:
1. it leaks from wells – whether in use or abandoned (wells can rarely be sealed completely) — and during transport, and is inefficiently burned via flaring onsite at gas fields.
2. it is 70-80 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat, ie, warming the globe, during its atmospheric lifetime of 20 years or so; so rising emissions from rising leaks means far more heating.
3. cheap gas suppresses the rapid switch to renewable clean energy: solar, wind and geothermal power.
Coal Fired Plant in China. Natural gas does not stop US coal from being exported and burned elsewhere: it does not replace the coal. Credit Kleineolive at Wikipedia.
4. it doesn’t replace coal: US coal, not burned, simply gets exported and burned overseas.
5. committing a vast infrastructure to natural gas commits powerful lobbies to ensure it continues.
6. no data indicate that natural gas is decreasing US carbon emissions yet; preliminary 2013 data suggest just the opposite.
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