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  • Norway’s Oil Boom Is Only Just Beginning

    11/29/2021 1:26:38 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 13 replies
    Oil price ^ | 28 Nov 2021 | FELICITY BRADSTOCK
    Norway’s revenues from oil and gas production hit a record high this year and are showing no signs of slowing down Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre believes that a total end to oil exploration and production would harm the transition to renewable alternatives in a world still so reliant on oil and gas. He stated, "If we were to say from one day to the other that we close down production from the Norwegian shelf, I believe that would put a stop to an industrial transition that is needed to succeed in the momentum towards net zero . ....
  • Mushballs – Giant, Slushy Hailstones – Stash Away Missing Ammonia at Uranus and Neptune

    10/06/2021 6:58:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies ^ | 6 OCTOBER 2021 | By EUROPLANET
    Composite image of Neptune, Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter. Credit: Jupiter from Juno: NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran; Saturn from Cassini: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute; Uranus and Neptune from HST: NASA/ESA/A. Simon (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong and A. Hsu (University of California, Berkeley). ========================================================================================== Mushballs – giant, slushy hailstones made from a mixture of ammonia and water – may be responsible for an atmospheric anomaly at Neptune and Uranus that has been puzzling scientists. A study presented by Tristan Guillot at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2021 shows that mushballs could be highly effective at carrying ammonia deep into the...
  • Dems confident on methane fee as budget bill moves to Senate

    11/22/2021 11:25:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 22, 2021 | By MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON — A Democratic plan to impose a fee on methane emissions from oil and gas wells has cleared a key hurdle, but it faces strong opposition from the oil and gas industry and criticism by centrist Sen. Joe Manchin. The proposed fee on methane — a powerful pollutant that contributes to global warming — was included in a huge social and environmental policy bill passed by House Democrats last Friday. Language approved by the House represents a compromise that would slap a rising fee on excess emissions at oil and gas facilities, reaching $1,500 per ton in 2025, along...
  • Countries’ climate pledges built on flawed data, Post investigation finds

    11/08/2021 2:43:32 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 9 replies
    WaPo via MSN ^ | 8 November 2021 | Chris Mooney, Juliet Eilperin, Desmond Butler, John Muyskens, Anu Narayanswamy, Naema Ahmed
    Malaysia’s latest catalogue of its greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations reads like a report from a parallel universe. The 285-page document suggests that Malaysia’s trees are absorbing carbon four times faster than similar forests in neighboring Indonesia. The surprising claim has allowed the country to subtract over 243 million tons of carbon dioxide from its 2016 inventory — slashing 73 percent of emissions from its bottom line. Across the world, many countries underreport their greenhouse gas emissions in their reports to the United Nations, a Washington Post investigation has found. An examination of 196 country reports reveals a...
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom Proclaims Natural Gas To Be Zero-Carbon

    11/03/2021 9:06:58 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 42 replies
    Forbes ^ | James Conca
    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could outlaw wildfires? Or legislate against Polar Vortexes? That’s what California Governor Gavin Newsom is trying to do with carbon emissions from natural gas, the state’s largest generator of electricity. Just declare it zero-carbon and that’s that. At the end of September, Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 423, controversial legislation that considers natural gas a firm zero-carbon resource by default. But natural gas, a mixture of methane and other hydrocarbon gases, creates copious amounts of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide when burned – whether on a stove, in a furnace, or at a...
  • Biden: Russia can't manipulate natural gas for political purposes

    10/31/2021 1:36:15 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 49 replies ^ | 10/31/2021 | Mychael Schnell
    Cuomo fires back at sheriff, AG James over criminal charges 'At 38,000 feet, we are all you have' - flight attendants are fed up with a growing… President Biden said during a meeting with top German leaders on Saturday that Russia cannot be able to manipulate natural gas for political purposes. iden met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Group of 20 summit in Rome on Saturday and emphasized the importance of working to implement the U.S.-Germany Joint Statement on Support for Ukraine and European Energy Security in an effort to "ensure that Russia...
  • Climate backfire: Coal-fired power jumps as natural gas prices soar

    10/19/2021 10:45:55 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Oct 18, 2021 | By Valerie Richardson
    Coal-fired electricity generation climbed this year in the U.S. for the first time since the Obama administration, spurred by spiking natural gas prices, a setback for the Biden climate agenda and a sign that the president’s drilling crackdown may be backfiring. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Monday that electricity generated by coal-fired plants is expected to jump by 22% in 2021 over last year’s levels for the first year-over-year increase since 2014. The reason: the rising cost of natural gas, which began climbing in April and hit a 13-year high this month, fueled by pent-up pandemic demand that has...
  • Blank Check for Socialism (Cow fart Tax!)

    10/02/2021 9:45:35 AM PDT · by Nateman · 36 replies
    Mullin' It Over Column ^ | September 22, 2021 | Congressman Mullins (R) OK-02
    By now, you have probably heard about President Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” bill and all the empty promises in it. The truth is that it will do nothing to build our country up. Instead, this is a blank check to take our country into socialism. This bill will change every American’s way of life. It’s filled with radical policy changes that will raise costs on all goods, put the federal government in charge of educating your kids, prioritize climate policy over national security, breach every American’s privacy, and saddle future generations with debt. In an attempt to eliminate...

    09/20/2021 11:10:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 152 replies
    Researchers believe that mushy blobs on Uranus are hiding lots of gas. More specifically, scientists have discovered that “mushballs,” large slushy hailstones made of ammonia and water, might be causing an odd atmospheric phenomenon on Uranus, according to a press release about the research. The mushballs, which are also present on Neptune, might be carrying ammonia into the two planets’ atmosphere and hiding the gas from detection. The balls might actually be the secret behind why scientists can’t detect ammonia in the atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune — which is odd because it’s abundant with other gasses like methane.
  • Could feeding cows seaweed make climate-friendly steaks? [barf]

    09/16/2021 5:38:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.14.2021 | Tim Schauenberg
    Cattle for milk and meat production are responsible for about 9% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Methane — a gas about 25 times more climate-damaging than CO2 but which breaks down after just a decade — is spewed into the atmosphere in large quantities each time the 1 billion cows on the planet burp and fart. And while scientists have shown that eating less meat is a necessary step to greening the farming sector — particularly in industrialized countries, where the average person eats three times as much as in poorer ones — world leaders have mostly avoided policies to...
  • UK fires up coal power plant as gas prices soar

    09/07/2021 8:36:50 AM PDT · by Bearshouse · 40 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/7/21 | BBC News
    The UK fired up an old coal power plant on Monday to meet its electricity needs.Warm, still, autumn weather has meant wind farms have not generated as much power as normal, while soaring prices have made it too costly to rely on gas.As a result, National Grid ESO - which is responsible for balancing the UK's electricity supply - confirmed coal was providing 3% of national power.It said it asked EDF to fire up West Burton A, which had been on standby.On Tuesday, the use of coal returned to 2.2% of the UK's electricity generation.
  • Depleted Gas Stocks Force Europe To Use More Coal

    06/20/2021 6:42:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Oilprice ^ | Jun 15, 2021 | Tsvetana Paraskova
    With power demand recovering from the pandemic, European utilities are using more coal as natural gas inventories are unusually low for this time of the year due to a cold snap in late winter and early spring. This year, despite the record-high carbon price in Europe, the use of coal for power generation has jumped by up to 15 percent, ... Gas storage is so low now that Europe cannot afford to run extra power generation with the fuel ... Natural gas stockpiles are some 25 percent below the five-year average, and with such a right gas market, utilities run...
  • Granholm: We Have to ‘Go After’ Methane from Natural Gas and Must ‘Pressure’ Russia to Do Same

    08/10/2021 6:58:17 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/10/2021 | Ian Hanchett
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm responded to a question on the Biden administration blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline and increasing regulations on domestic energy production while lifting sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline by stating that the U.S. has to “go after” methane emissions and “pressure” Russia to do likewise.
  • Turkish Gambit: Why Biden-Erdogan's deal is interesting for Ukraine?

    06/25/2021 8:56:36 AM PDT · by elpadre · 7 replies
    112.International ^ | June 25, 2021 | Georgiy Kuhaleyshvili
    On Monday, June 21, Turkish President Recep Erdogan said that his recent meeting with US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels opens a "new era" in diplomatic relations between the two countries. According to Erdogan, there are no problems in relations between Turkey and the United States that cannot be solved, and there are much more areas for cooperation. Biden expressed the hope that countries can make real progress. At the same time, the parties did not agree on problematic issues, such as the acquisition by Turkey of Russian S-400 anti-missile systems, violation of...
  • Cargill-backed Cow Masks Capture Methane

    06/01/2021 9:28:16 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    MSN ^ | 06 01 2021 | Staff
    Methane emissions from livestock are a stubborn climate challenge. That's why Cargill is backing this cow mask, Agnieszka de Sousa reports. (That's all there is to this article)
  • Battle Brews Over Banning Natural Gas to Homes: Cities are considering measures to phase out gas hookups

    06/01/2021 8:43:02 AM PDT · by karpov · 148 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 31, 2021 | Katherine Blunt
    A growing fight is unfolding across the U.S. as cities consider phasing out natural gas for home cooking and heating, citing concerns about climate change, and states push back against these bans. Major cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and New York have either enacted or proposed measures to ban or discourage the use of the fossil fuel in new homes and buildings, two years after Berkeley, Calif., passed the first such prohibition in the U.S. in 2019. The bans in turn have led Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas and Louisiana to enact laws outlawing such municipal prohibitions in their...
  • Seaweed-Eating Cows Burp Less Methane into Our Atmosphere

    03/26/2021 8:31:28 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 43 replies
    Nerdlist ^ | March 23, 2021 | Tai Gooden
    Cow burps are apparently the source of a lot of methane in our atmosphere. And there are a lot of cows on Earth. But a new research mission suggests a great way to reduce those emissions and significantly lower methane, which causes warming on our planet, and its straight from the sea. As reported by the Guardian, adding seaweed to beef cow diets can lower methane by as much as 82%. “We now have sound evidence that seaweed in cattle diet is effective at reducing greenhouse gases and that the efficacy does not diminish over time,” said agricultural scientist Ermias...
  • UK Company Develops Climate Change Masks for Cows

    01/03/2021 11:30:19 AM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies ^ | Jan. 2, 2021 | Eric Worrall
    According to Wired, a new bovine burp mask fitted with a catalytic converter catches methane expelled from cattle and converts it to CO2 and water. Methane is a more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2.~~~SNIP~~~There are 1.6 billion cattle on Earth, and their burps and farts are becoming a big problem. Cows expel methane, a colourless and odourless gas which is approximately 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide when it comes to warming the planet.Zelp, a UK-based company, has developed a potential solution in the form of a burp-catching face mask for cows, designed to reduce methane emissions from cattle...
  • Mars methane mysteriously missing

    12/29/2020 8:53:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    SyFy Wire ^ | 12/29/2020 | Phil Plait
    For many years, planetary scientists have been tracking a Martian ghost: methane gas. It was first seen by ground-based observations of Mars back in the 2000s, then subsequently by spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet. But these observations barely detected it, and have been called into question time and again. There's been much debate, and some of the claims have been contradictory So the European Space Agency sent a probe to Mars called the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, equipped with a device on it called the Nadir and Occultation for MArs Discovery, or NOMAD*. It can look for many different gases,...
  • A Biden 2035

    10/29/2020 5:37:31 AM PDT · by Brian Griffin · 3 replies
    October 29, 2020 | Brian Griffin
    January 1, 2035 The USA has kept its promise under its Paris climate pact renewal shepherded though a reluctant Senate by Majority Leader Schumer in 2021 after an angry rebuke of about a dozen Democratic holdouts by President Biden, who was at his dogmatic best, pure emotion untempered by in-depth thought. The once great American oil companies such as Exxon-Mobil and Chevron no longer exist. America no longer has a petrochemical industry. This has created drug shortages in past years as needed chemicals were not available, but buying and stockpiling Chinese chemicals paid for by jewelry extracted from Americans needing...