Using Natural Gas to Go Carbon Negative

How renewable are the tons of concrete and steel in a wind turbine? Or in a solar panel? Those energies are anything but renewable as when the wind turbine breaks down (yes, they have a shelf life and deteriorate) it does not renew itself all alone. Most of the time it needs to be taken down and replaced by a new one using yet more concrete and steel. But methane is very different. We start to understand that most methane does not form biologically but rather is the product of an abiotic process called serpentinization. Planet Earth is a methane-generating machine and the atmosphere is a powerful oxidizer of methane. It’s the only real renewable out there.

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