Published on July 3rd, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan24
Josh Fox Talks Gasland 2, Natural Gas Fracking, Methane Leakage, & More On The Daily Show (VIDEOS)
July 3rd, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
Methane / Natural Gas Leakage Makes Natural Gas Worse Than Coal
“They say, ‘we burn cleaner than coal’ — and that’s true, 50% cleaner. But methane is 105 time — methane, natural gas — 105 times more potent in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, and they’re leaking huge clouds of methane off these well sites, it’s leaking in the distribution systems…”
“… and any more than 1% leakage means that natural gas development is worse than coal for the climate.”
“[We’re seeing] 7 to 17 percent leakage in the field. That means it’s worse than coal.”
“We’re told two things about natural gas and fracking natural gas, and that is that, one, it’s a transitional fuel,… which is kind of the language of a drug addict…. ‘It’s a recreational fuel.’ And secondly that this gives us energy independence… it’s hard to throw that needle when you are exporting natural gas because you can get more money for it, I don’t know, elsewhere.”
“What is this? It’s not energy independence. This is the classic exploitation model that has been done in the developing world for 100 years. Go in, exploit a place, toxify it, cause human rights violations, civil rights violations for the population there, and then sell the product overseas and say goodbye. ‘It’s all about our profits.’ These are multinational corporations — a Canadian company, Royal Dutch Shell, BP…. These are foreign multinationals, that are coming in, and they would exploit Americans. And why isn’t our government standing up for them?”
“We saw the science of each one of those [EPA] investigations come back, yes, contamination has happened from the gas industry.”
Back To Leakage
“Society of Petroleum Engineers says 35% of the wells in the world are leaking right now. 35% of 1.8 million oil & gas wells are leaking and, uh oh, we don’t know how to fix the problem.”
Aside from the above quotations, there’s a lot of good (and funny) stuff in the interview above that I think are worth spending some time on. Enjoy! And share with your friends!
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