Nature, one of the world’s most prestigious science publications, has published an article that should give natural gas promoters in the environmental community an enormous dose of indigestion. It provides scientific evidence supported by hard data measurements that the act of extracting and “producing” natural gas for consumption releases enough methane into the atmosphere to negate any greenhouse gas advantages that its somewhat cleaner burning chemistry provides.
Here is a very important quote from the article:
Capturing and storing gases that are being vented during the fracking process is feasible, but industry says that these measures are too costly to adopt. An EPA rule that is due out as early as April would promote such changes by regulating emissions from the gas fields.
Please go and read the summary of the study. Find out why this is a heat seeking missile that the industry will be working very hard to dodge.
If you happen to be a money focused leader in an “environmental” organization, you might think of this as good news and a good opportunity to shake down a well-endowed industry in return for favorable commentary. Advertiser supported media moguls should also be excited about the prospects for all of the commercials they will be able to sell that attempt to cover this science with astroturf. (Please understand those last couple of sentences are designed to be understood as being full of irony.)