Current CO2 concentration in the atmosphere

Natural gas, the media’s failures, and you

Dr. Donald A. Brown, Scholar In Residence, Sustainability Ethics and Law at Widener University School of Law, has posted a piece on this blog ethicsandclimate.org, US Media Fails to Educate The Public About Links Between Greater Natural Gas Use and Climate Change, that is a must read. With his permission, I am reposting it in . . . → Read More: Natural gas, the media’s failures, and you

IEA and natural gas projections

From a press release issued by the IEA (emphasis added):

Contact: IEA Press Office, ieapressoffice@iea.org

IEA sees growth of natural gas in power generation slowing over next 5 years
But ‘Golden Age’ still in full swing as gas emerges as a significant transportation fuel, new report says

SAINT PETERSBURG, 20 June – Natural gas will continue to increase its share . . . → Read More: IEA and natural gas projections

Two policy head-shakers

Green Car Congress: US DOE to award up to $20M for research on methane hydrates [emphasis added]:

The US Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory has issued a solicitation (DE-FOA-0000891) for up to $20 million in funding for projects that focus on the following three technical topic areas: (1) characterization of methane hydrate deposits; . . . → Read More: Two policy head-shakers

The insanity of a dash for gas

There’s been a fair amount of chatter over a Grantham Institute study (PDF) that says the UK can use fracked natural gas to reduce their CO2 emissions in the short run.

One example: UK should use shale gas to cut emissions, report says:

There are also concerns that a continuing reliance on gas will make it harder and . . . → Read More: The insanity of a dash for gas

Connecting the dots on natural gas

George Monbiot, talking about methane hydrates/clathrates, nails it (Japan’s gas reserves are worthless if we take climate change seriously) [emphasis added]:

There’s only one way of knowing whether or not governments are serious about climate change: have they decided to leave most of their fossil fuel reserves in the ground? We have already discovered far more carbon . . . → Read More: Connecting the dots on natural gas

Natural gas vehicles, yet again

The “natural gas vehicles are a huge environmental win” meme simply won’t die, thanks to media outlets like The Wall Street Journal doing things like this (emphasis added):

The recent deluge of low-cost shale gas is already changing the way the country runs. Electric utilities are turning to gas to power their turbines, and chemical companies that . . . → Read More: Natural gas vehicles, yet again

The challenge of natural gas

The Economist has a decent piece up about natural gas fracking, Shale gas: Fracking great.

I say only “decent” because it underplays the side effects of fracking, like ground water contamination, the spread of who-knows-what chemicals, etc., but it does end with this graf:

By itself, switching to gas will not reduce emissions to anything like the levels . . . → Read More: The challenge of natural gas

Number fiddling on the road to hell and high water

It’s almost hard to know where to begin with the new on the IEA (International Energy Agency) site, Global carbon-dioxide emissions increase by 1.0 Gt in 2011 to record high. It’s one of the biggest mashups of right and wrong points I’ve seen in a small space in a very long time (emphasis added):

Global carbon-dioxide . . . → Read More: Number fiddling on the road to hell and high water