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Fracking Can Help Fix the CO2 Problem
2012 Reason ^ | December 10, 2012 | A. Barton Hinkle

Posted on 12/11/2012 4:38:42 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines

America’s carbon-dioxide emissions are actually falling. In fact, they have not been this low since 1992. And while no single factor can account for the entire shift, much of the credit goes to something environmentalists often detest: hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Among power sources, the worst source of CO2 emissions by far is coal. Natural gas generates half the CO2 per kilowatt-hour, and in the past few years natural gas has displaced coal to a remarkable degree. This year gas-fired electricity generation equaled coal-fired generation for the first time. According to the Energy Information Administration, that trend will continue as shale gas production rises from 5 trillion cubic feet in 2010 to more than 13 trillion cubic feet in 2035. Fracking made this possible—by opening up the Marcellus shale deposit in Pennsylvania and many others. Twelve years ago, shale gas made up 2 percent of the U.S. supply. It now makes up 37 percent.

All of that was achieved without government direction—and in the face of considerable environmental resistance.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: New York; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: climatechange; fracking; fracturing; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; hydraulic
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1 posted on 12/11/2012 4:38:45 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Hieronymus; VampireStateNY; governsleastgovernsbest; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; ...

Upstate bump


2 posted on 12/11/2012 4:40:10 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
America’s carbon-dioxide emissions are actually falling. In fact, they have not been this low since 1992

This is great news! Somebody go tell the left that it worked. We got our global warming under control. Their efforts paid off and we have seen no warming in the past 10 years. We can stop pushing for carbon taxes and such and die in peace. The planet will survive after all.

Congrats. What's next?

3 posted on 12/11/2012 4:43:09 PM PST by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

What CO2 problem?


4 posted on 12/11/2012 4:50:21 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: beethovenfan

the problems are lower heating bills, longer growing seasons, more robust plant growth, those kinds of things.


5 posted on 12/11/2012 4:58:34 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: beethovenfan

What CO2 problem?.....exactly my sentiments....just another democrat argument with a flawed premise.


6 posted on 12/11/2012 5:15:22 PM PST by stickywillie
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To: palmer

I am surprised that the Green Nazis have not made an issue of carbonated soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi with all those bubbles of greenhouse gas being released into the atmosphere.


7 posted on 12/11/2012 5:19:32 PM PST by Uncle Lonny
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To: Uncle Lonny

Soft drinks are loaded with sugar (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen molecules) which are even more evil than carbon dioxide molecules.


8 posted on 12/11/2012 5:23:52 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

There is no so-called “CO2 Problem”.


9 posted on 12/11/2012 5:26:09 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
There is no CO2 problem.

It is an atmospheric gas.

Why certain people and organizations think it is a problem is a mystery to me.

10 posted on 12/11/2012 5:28:58 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
There is no CO2 problem.

It is an atmospheric gas.

Why certain people and organizations think it is a problem is a mystery to me.

11 posted on 12/11/2012 5:29:17 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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Bayou Corne

Nothing like a little methane to get your attention. These folks also enjoy the ability to open their faucets and light up. Free dead fish floating in the water are so much easier to catch.

Fracking may give access to more methane, but it has its consquences. Check the story at this link to see how it has destroyed a productive cattle ranch including the animals and ranchers.

Adding my agreement...there is no CO2 problem. It's a damn made up hoax.

12 posted on 12/11/2012 5:53:18 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Tenacious 1

Another contributing factor to the dropping of the earth’s CO2 content is the fact that Moslems are killing each other and Christians and Jews in ever greater numbers than before, thus reducing carbon footprints.

Name a place:
Nigeria, Mali, Libya, Egypt,Thailand;India;Pakistan; Afghanistan; Iran; Syria; Lebanon; Gaza; Yemen; Somalia; Kenya; Philippines;Indonesia (somewhat reduced).

Other places with major killings include the Congo, So. Africa (the top murder country per capital in the world other than Pakistan);Red China (lots of people being killed that you never hear of); No. Korea;Venezuela (another rising crime capital of the world); Colombia; Mexico; El Salvador; Guatemala.

Chicago; Philadelphia; Wash. D.C., Baltimore, Detriot, Houston, LA, etc. Here Obama’s sons are doing the carbon footprint reduction program. Just read the police crime reports in the paper every day and you will see what I mean.

This is a semi-sarcastic/satiric post but there is a lot of truth behind it. That is the tragedy for America, and for the world.


13 posted on 12/11/2012 6:23:09 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Myrddin

Just imagine, you could rig a small dome over the methane leak, power a small generator and hook it to a line sync inverter and get paid for free electricity.

One ladys fear is another mans treasure.


14 posted on 12/11/2012 7:02:44 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
To cash in on the carbon sequestration "market" is perhaps the principal reason the owners of the oil companies have been using their tax-exempt "charities" to make fat donations to the NGOs behind this "global warming" scam. Moreover, because big companies can more easily afford the processing plants for producing and delivering mass quantities of CO2 and the overhead with which to track and speculate in credits, it would put them at a financial advantage over independent drillers.

Use of government regulations to restrain competition, as usual.

15 posted on 12/11/2012 9:30:00 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: elkfersupper
Why certain people and organizations think it is a problem is a mystery to me.

Using government to subsidize a product and/or eliminate competition by regulation has been a way to profit for a very long time. Hence, the major stockholders of the companies who stand to profit from this racket have been making fat donations to green groups for over fifty years. The NGOs and foundations launder the money and support the "scientific" justification they seek.

16 posted on 12/11/2012 9:35:38 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: Myrddin
Fracking may give access to more methane, but it has its consequences. Check the story at this link to see how it has destroyed a productive cattle ranch including the animals and ranchers.

The level of risk depends upon how deep the target strata are and the permeability of the structure above.

17 posted on 12/11/2012 9:38:10 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
There is a legitimate con argument against fracking, which is the 70x higher incidence of radon in the Marcellus gas.

Wouldn't it be great if we could have clean, nondangerous nuclear energy with no waste, as per the work of Andrea Rossi and others?

18 posted on 12/11/2012 10:22:34 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: American in Israel

It wouldn’t be worth the effort vs the personal health hazard. The hydrocarbon content of the air in the Bayou Corne area is making residents ill. A salt dome containing 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane will be liberated to the open air fairly soon. Asphyxiation or explosion is the anticipated consequence.


19 posted on 12/11/2012 10:56:29 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

What about the Sun usage problem. America is using more than it’s fair share of the Sun!


20 posted on 12/12/2012 12:10:22 AM PST by MaxMax
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