Posts Tagged ‘Natural gas’

Natural gas is no climate change 'panacea', warns IEA

June 13, 2011

Natural gas is no climate change ‘panacea’, warns IEA 
Environment | guardian.co.uk http://bit.ly/m1dRK8
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The World’s First Wind-Solar-Natural-Gas Power Plant

June 10, 2011

 

The World’s First Wind-Solar-Natural-Gas Power Plant
Learn more at http://blogs.forbes.com/toddwoody/2011/06/07/the-worlds-first-wind-solar-natural-gas-power-plant/

Fracking leaks may make gas 'dirtier' than coal http://bit.ly/fAMxJj

April 12, 2011

Fracking leaks may make gas ‘dirtier’ than coal

April 12, 2011 By Stacey Shackford

 

(PhysOrg.com) — Extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale could do more to aggravate global warming than mining coal, according to a Cornell study published in the May issue of Climatic Change Letters (105:5).

While natural  has been touted as a clean-burning fuel that produces less carbon dioxide than coal, ecologist Robert Howarth warns that we should be more concerned about methane leaking into the atmosphere during hydraulic fracturing.

Natural gas is mostly methane, which is a much more , especially in the short term, with 105 times more warming impact, pound for pound, than carbon dioxide (CO2), Howarth said, adding that even small leaks make a big difference. He estimated that as much as 8 percent of the methane in shale gas leaks into the air during the lifetime of a hydraulic shale gas well — up to twice what escapes from conventional gas production.

“The take-home message of our study is that if you do an integration of 20 years following the development of the gas, shale gas is worse than conventional gas and is, in fact, worse than coal and worse than oil,” Howarth said. “We are not advocating for more coal or oil, but rather to move to a truly green, renewable future as quickly as possible. We need to look at the true environmental consequences of shale gas.”

 

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