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1 ProBosniaLiberal  Sun, May 6, 2012 10:27:11am

This sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?

2 Political Atheist  Sun, May 6, 2012 10:40:01am

re: #1 ProGunLiberal

This sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?

Doing this safely and efficiently on an industrial scale. Tests are easy, application is the long pole so to speak.

3 funky chicken  Sun, May 6, 2012 11:33:04am

The US has more natural gas than we know what to do with. There is no reason for the vast majority of US vehicles to still be using petroleum for fuel, IMHO. No reason aside from inertia at the big 3 automakers and intense lobbying by big oil and Saudi Arabia, anyway. I’m starting to see more CNG fueling stations here in OK and have talked with several people who have done the conversions, and all are happy.

CNG is cleaner than petroleum, doesn’t have to come to us in super-tankers, and thus isn’t subject to poisoning the oceans or supply disruption caused by international instability. It’s time to use our own resources to fuel our own economy. If we use more natural gas we won’t need to even consider the stupid Keystone XL pipeline either. Let Canada build that turkey across their own country so they can sell their oil to China.

And yes, I’m concerned about fracking and the liquids they use, but those risks can be controlled through regulation, which the Obama administration has begun.

4 freetoken  Sun, May 6, 2012 11:42:39am

Methane clathrates have been discussed for a long time as a source of methane (natural gas). However, the problem has always been on finding a way to harvest them cheap enough. Japan, not having much traditional fossil fuel resource to begin with, have been interested in their shelf clathrates as a possible way to lessen dependence upon imported fuel.

I will note that blurbs in this article about CO2 is double-speak.

5 Obdicut  Sun, May 6, 2012 12:09:46pm

Burning natural gas still produces CO2. I’m disappointed to see the Obama administration gloss over this. Cleaner is not clean.

6 Political Atheist  Sun, May 6, 2012 1:14:14pm

re: #5 Obdicut
Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel of all. Nothing else is ready on a scale that makes sense. It need not be burned directly, it can power fuel cells that hold the carbon and burn the hydrogen.

7 Idle Drifter  Sun, May 6, 2012 1:26:24pm

No matter what we pick as a source of energy there’s going to be pros and cons. Nothing is completely clean never will be and efficiency is something most people don’t look at realistically. Before anyone says solar I want them to count the manufacturing process behind it and the materials used. There’s huge land usage as well and still there’s controversy if we build the things in the wrong place.

8 EiMitch  Sun, May 6, 2012 4:05:58pm
The drilling has its environmental critics, but there’s also a climate bonus: The technique requires injecting carbon dioxide into the ground, thereby creating a new way to remove the warming gas from the atmosphere.

Yeah, ‘cause there is simply no way co2 could ever leak back to the surface. Its just a gas. It won’t rise. And the drilled holes will close-up and heal like a needle-track on a junkie’s arm. A perfectly sound plan.

Just in case: /sarc

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