Skip to comments.Op-Ed: The Arctic's Huge Store of Methane Gas: 'Ticking time-bomb?' (Methane Gas New Evil)
Posted on 07/13/2014 9:13:51 PM PDT by Up Yours Marxists
Some climate change proponents are saying the huge amounts of methane gas, stored under the Arctic ice is a potential "ticking time bomb." They claim that we must stop extracting fossil fuels that put more CO2 into our atmosphere or face disaster.
Methane is only one of a number of gases called greenhouse gases (GHG) that can absorb and emit infrared radiation, or in other words, this means they can trap and absorb heat. The most abundant GHG is water vapor, followed by carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and CFC's. By measuring atmospheric infrared radiation, climatologists are able to detect trends in the Earth's climate. Although methane is not the most abundant GHG, it is one of the strongest, being 80-times more potent than carbon dioxide. Methane is actually 21 times more efficient in absorbing infrared radiation than CO2, even though it only hangs around 10 years in the atmosphere. Knowing these well documented facts about methane brings us to the latest predictions and warning.
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Paging Roland Emmerich.
Put this down as more BS. They never tire of putting the BS out to keep the government grants coming and to put as many chains on the American economy as they can.
How incredibly sad to see what science has become. One alarmist political meme after another.
Quick, slaughter all the cows to stop the supply of methane gas.
I detect some methane right here where I sit. I send it in Al Gore’s general direction.
Termites release more methane than all other sources combined. How many million years have termites been around?
I sleep well knowing that 500 years from now these people will be looked at like the people who imprisoned scientists for Heliocentrism.
They will forever be mocked and derided and their ancestors will not claim them. Relegated to the freaks/fringes bin of history...Which is actually the line we should take with this since so many ‘scientists’ wish to be remembered for their skill/knowledge/discoveries above all else.
We should send about a million of these morons to hell and see if it thaws out.
Perhaps that is where the methane is...
It’s just like a ticking time bomb, see?
A loooong time ago, Mother Gaia ripped one off that was so big, she made the Sahara desert in north Africa.
Imagine how many Polar bears would die at Santa’s southern summer home if it happened again.
I meant penguins.
Be faster and more humane to slaughter all the climate change scientists
And that's a good thing. Natural gas.
Lmao, the Earth must be stopped from making GAS!
So which is it, are pharts supposed to be good or bad from us? There are stories out this weekend tooting both sides of the argument.
tooting, touting, what’s the diff?
Its been there a very long time. If climate variations are a result of how much methane leaks out at any given time, there is virtually nothing that man can do to alter it.
This is how they’re going to eliminate livestock.
Does this mean we’re all gonna die again?
I wonder what they will replace it with ?
Yeah...and they will be just emerging from a mini ice age...that lasted 500 years.
The suns magnetic field is declining...so by about 2020 there will be no sunspots...
Last time that happened there was a mini ice age that lasted from 1350 to 1750.
See how dangerous global warming is? It caused the sun’s magnetic field to decline!
And they will claim that it was caused by “Global Warming” .. er.. “Climate Change”.
They have set up a non-falsifiable premise, “Climate Change”. No matter what happens, they can claim that they predicted it.
Need to find a way to turn all that methane into carbon dioxide ;-)
Fines and regulations will fix this. The Feds are trying to figure out who will pay the regulatory fees and fines once they have destroyed all the businesses (the evil capitalists), the global economy, and everyone has run out of money. The only one left to fine or sue is God but they haven’t been able to find a good address for him yet...: )
IIRC, wasn’t there some grand extinction due to a huge permafrost “belch”? I’ll have to go look it up.
You know you’re walking through the grocery store, pushing your cart (or ‘trolley’ for you English fags) minding your own business, trying not to block the aisle—and you walk right into this invisible stale fart fog. And there are little old ladies boxing you in.
So you have to stand there and breathe it in.
Man I hate that. Does anyone have the UN’s phone number, or Eeepa? I’m turning them in next time.
I look forward to the day when this great hoax takes its rightful place in history nest to Piltdown Man.
Oh, I thought we've near record ice at the North Pole for the last two years.
Another bout of "science" at the Op-ed page...
Is this the dreaded Bean-eating Termite that has terrorized many countries for thousands of years.
No it’s “ARRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!!! You have to get the correct amount of hysteria in your statement.
‘Quick, slaughter all the cows to stop the supply of methane gas.”
A number of government policies are having the effect of reducing cattle herds. Elimination of grazing rights on public lands is one. Using corn for biofuels instead of feed has driven the price of beef up, demand down, and resulted in reduction in herd sizes. Finally, Fed money printing is accelerating food price inflation making beef unaffordable for many families.
The article mentions the production of methane via fracking. Energy independence for the US and stable or declining energy prices for US citizens is not desired by progressives who prefer high priced “alternatives” and energy rationing. With the destruction of the coal industry almost complete, the left is gearing up to destroy the petroleum industry in the US through the same environmental regulation tactics they’ve used to kill off the coal industry. Adding methane to the list pollutants they can regulate enhances their ability to go after exploration for oil and natural gas. End exploration through regulation and the depletion of existing sources over time will drive fossil fuel prices up. Another tactic will certainly be putative taxes on the oil industry in the name of “fairness” just like they’ve taxed and destroyed big tobacco over the past 20 years.
The sheeple have been convinced carbon is evil and must be regulated. Now it is on to methane. The environmental crusade will never end until 99% of the American population lives “equally” in third world squalor.
We better hurry up and harvest this source to reduce the ‘danger’.
Juxtaposing sentence 1 with sentence 2 is just ridiculous. Who writes this stuff? DC Comics?
Yes methane is a danger that possibly caused great planetary changes in primeval times.
No our exhaling doesn’t cause it or exacerbate it.
Who stuffed all those gassy cows under the ice?
I have spent a career writing technical reports, the first in 1966, and the most recent last week. I was taught that the biggest sin in a technical report is to ignore any data I was aware of that was contrary to the data presented in the report. It could be analyzed with dismissive comment and it could be dismissed as inaccurate (as long as the inaccuracies were stated with detail). But it could not be ignored.
With this in mind,. any person who is unaware of the recent record increase in Arctic ice is either too stupid to author an article such as this, or to devious to warrant consideration as a reliable author.