12 Apr '11, 2pm

Fugitive Methane Stirs Debate on Natural Gas

Fugitive Methane Stirs Debate on Natural Gas

James Leynse for The New York Times Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, co-authored a study suggesting that unconventional natural gas development is worse than coal for the climate. The natural gas industry begs to differ. Not surprisingly, a new study suggesting that the greenhouse gas footprint of unconventional natural gas development is far worse than coal is already undergoing a furious deconstruction. As I write in Tuesday’s Times , Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, concluded in an analysis to be published this week in a peer-reviewed journal, Climatic Change Letters, that somewhere from 3.6 percent to 7.9 percent of methane, the chief component of natural gas and a potent greenhouse gas, is leaking into the atmosphere at various points along the shale gas produ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/fugitive-methan...

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