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23 May 2011 @ 09:16 am
Not Gore's gas exchange CCNet May 20  

CCNet  - 20 May 2011

The Climate Policy Network

Next Energy Revolution?

Sequestering CO2 To Extract Methane Hydrate

They’ve done it in a laboratory: Scientists have injected carbon dioxide into the kind of methane ice that underlies vast tracts of permafrost in the Arctic and lurks beneath the deep seafloor throughout the world. In that experiment, the carbon dioxide exchanged with the methane molecules. While the CO2 was sequestered inside the ice, the scientists extracted an energy source that may exist in nature in greater volume than all other fossil fuels combined. Now DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, in partnership with Conoco Phillips, will try to repeat that success on the North Slope of Alaska. --Jeff McMahon, Forbes, 19 May 2011

Construction of China's national deep-sea base is expected to begin this year in eastern Shandong Province, officials there said Monday. Scientists believe that the area's seabeds hold abundant deposits of rare metals and methane hydrate, a solidified form of natural gas that may serve as a new source of energy. --Xinhua News Agency, 16 May 2011

A reliable and efficient energy source, natural gas is also the least carbon-intensive of the fossil fuels. Production of domestic conventional and unconventional natural gas cannot keep pace with demand growth. The development of new, cost-effective resources such as methane hydrate can play a major role in moderating price increases and ensuring adequate future supplies of natural gas for American consumers. --U.S. Department of Energy

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, said a $19 billion investment in Qatar may prove that abundant natural gas coaxed from shale rocks across the U.S. could be converted into diesel and jet fuel. --Bloomberg, 19 May 2011

As April sales figures roll in, gas prices seem to be having an effect. But they are pushing customers into gas-powered compacts, not electric ones. --Henry Payne, Planet Gore, 3 May 2011

US President Barack Obama will focus on energy cooperation, including shale gas development, when he visits NATO partner Poland for the first time next week, a US diplomat said Wednesday in Warsaw. "Energy is a pillar of Polish-American relations and it is sure to be the subject of discussions when President Obama visits Warsaw next week," US ambassador Lee Feinstein told delegates to a shale gas conference here. Global fuel giants are exploring Poland's shale gas deposits, which a recent US study pegged as having a potential 5.3 trillion cubic metres of natural gas which could last Poland some 300 years. --AFP, 18 May 2011


1) Next Energy Revolution? Sequestering CO2 To Extract Methane Hydrate -Forbes, 19 May 2011

2) China To Explore Methane Hydrates As New Source Of Energy - Xinhua News Agency, 16 May 2011

3) Methane Hydrate - The Gas Resource of the Future - U.S. Department of Energy

4) U.S. Shale Gas May Be Refined Into Diesel, Jet Fuel - Bloomberg, 19 May 2011

5) U.S. Auto Sales: Gas Cars Outperform Electric Ones - Planet Gore, 3 May 2011

6) Obama to Push Shale Gas Co-operation with Poland - AFP, 18 May 2011

7) John  Strossel: Shale Gas Fracking - Who Can We Trust? - Reason Online, 19 May 2011

Thanks Dr Peiser GWPF
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