Why Natural Gas Is Not The Answer, and Other Climate Follies

WHAT DOESN’T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies

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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.

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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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OO Buy Low, Sell High: How Big Coal, The BLM Cheat US Taxpayers

OO EPA Is Failing To Stop Methane Leaks From Pipelines says Inspector General

OO Nearly Half Of UK Opens To Fracking Exploration including protected areas

Denial:

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OO Poll: U.S. Leads The World… In Climate Denial says a poll of 20 countries and 16,000+ people… home of the fossil fuel-billionaire, climate-denial-funding Koch Bros, where money buys idiocy.

Clueless Leadership:

OO West Virginia: Both Major Congressional Candidates Say Climate Change ‘Not Our Problem’

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Many Republican governors object to EPA regulations. Photo: AP Images

Governors: Hate EPA’s Carbon Regs? Your States May Benefit The Mostshows new research, reports Joanna Foster at Climate Progress. Previous polls showed that governors opposing EPA’s proposed carbon limits are clueless about how their constituents feel. Add economic cluelessness to that.

OO Iowa Governor Accused Of Passing Up $1 Million For New Solar

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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