Ever since I went to my first Natural Gas conference I wondered why there was nobody who worked for the interests of furthering knowledge about the good methane does for us. It’s incredibly clean and it’s a mature technology that we can use for whatever we use coal, oil and other forms of energy for. A society could thrive on methane as its sole energy source provided there is enough of it and it would be a very good society as its population would enjoy one of the cleanest environments on the planet.
However, sitting at the conference I just saw the usual back-patting. The Natural Gas industry, which is just the fossil part of the methane world, only engaged in self-congratulatory gestures but did never engage with the rest of the world. Very few people ever saw methane as a solution for everything – all they always saw was power production, industrial heat, and domestic use.
But methane needs its evangelists. It needs its Elon Musks, its Arnold Schwarzeneggers and Leonardo Di Caprio’s. It needs someone to kick the bucket and expose the ratchet for what it is.
I decided to fill that role as there is nobody else and I might well be the only one to try. So I will give it my best.