English Dutch French German Portuguese Spanish
Menu

NATURAL GAS IS NO 'BRIDGE FUEL'

Bombshell Study Finds Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Production Far Higher Than EPA Estimates
By Joe Romm, Climate Progress, Nov. 25, 2013

A major new study blows up the whole notion of natural gas as a short-term "bridge fuel" to a carbon-free economy.

 no fossil fuels

 

Fifteen scientists from some of the leading institutions in the world — including Harvard, NOAA and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab — have published a seminal study, “Anthropogenic emissions of methane in the United States.” Crucially, it is based on “comprehensive atmospheric methane observations, extensive spatial datasets, and a high-resolution atmospheric transport model,” rather than the industry-provided numbers EPA uses.

Natural gas is mostly methane (CH4), a potent heat-trapping gas. If, as now seems likely, natural gas production systems leak 2.7% (or more), then gas-fired power loses its near-term advantage over coal and becomes more of a gangplank than a bridge. Worse, without a carbon price, some gas displaces renewable energy, further undercutting any benefit it might have had.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study by Scot Miller et al takes the unusual step of explicitly criticizing the EPA:

"The US EPA recently decreased its CH4 (methane) emission factors for fossil fuel extraction and processing by 25–30% (for 1990–2011), but we find that CH4 data from across North America instead indicate the need for a larger adjustment of the opposite sign."

In other words, natural gas is not a bridge to a carbon-free or climate-safe future. In fact, absent both a serious price for carbon and very strong, enforceable national regulations on leakage, natural gas is a gangplank.

Full article >> http://bit.ly/1euU5JL
More info >> http://nyti.ms/IdwWAf, http://bit.ly/LQNJKF
Original paper >> http://bit.ly/1euU5JL


TAKE ACTION:

Sign our petition here -  http://www.change.org/petitions/say-no-to-oil-rigs-in-the-algarve-diz-n%C3%A3o-%C3%A0s-plataformas-de-petr%C3%B3leo-no-algarve?share_id=wnsHNIBDMu&utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_false

http://endfossilfuelsubsidies.org/, http://shiftthesubsidies.org, http://gofossilfree.org
http://citizensclimatelobby.org

www.350.org



You are here: HomeBlogOffshore Oil and GasNATURAL GAS IS NO 'BRIDGE FUEL'
  • ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
    NIPC: 510 381 952
    Tel: 00 351 282 182 103
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    asmaa-algarve.org
    Rua Dr. Alberto Iria
    Lote 12, R/C Esq
    Porto de Môs
    Lagos 8600-580
    Portugal
Go to top