America’s liquefied natural gas boom may be on a collision course with climate change

Is methane slippage an issue? Yes, it is. Can it be handled? Most definitely. Virtually all the models for methane emissions have consistently been wrong. It’s hard to detect where methane in the atmosphere comes from as there are so many sources and also the atmosphere has a way to deal with methane very quickly and efficiently. It’s not a pollutant but rather a component of the earth’s ecosystem for billions of years now. In the end, one source of methane is our digestive tract. So we produce it continuously and so does any animal plus many other lifeforms. It helps to see gases that have been part of the ecosystem for longer than multicellular life exists not as pollutants but rather as building blocks. Current methane concentrations are close to 2ppm. That’s 2 parts per million. That’s 2 cubic millimeters in a liter. The rare gas argon is about 5000 times more abundant.

America’s liquefied natural gas boom has a climate change problem, according to a report released on Monday.

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