Are We Playing with Fire?
Posted June 9, 2011on:
When it comes to “fire-ice”, aka methane hydrates or methane clathrate, we literally are. We have been funding and researching the possibility of utilizing methane hydrates as an energy resource for over a decade. The DOE actually has a part of their website dedicated specifically to “Fire in the Ice” and the latest news in the exploratory drilling and expeditions. They have pretty much already deduced where the best deposits are around the world. Those are easily accessed on the site as well. It really is hard to say that our government has not been and is not transparent in this regard.
Are liberals, environmentalists, and Gulf Coast working class conservatives alike, all still fuming over the gulf, waiting for the mainstream media to pick up the story first? Do they watch C-Span? Watch committee and subcommittee hearings on issues they are concerned about? Check in occasionally on what folks are saying on the Senate Floor? Read the national commission BP final report?
Though the report offers both industry and government a scathing slap on the wrist, “The root causes are systemic and, absent significant reform in both industry practices and government policies, might well recur,” the words Methane Hydrates are never mentioned.
In mid may Obama opened up leases for exploratory drilling for the deepwater Gulf, Arctic Ocean and permafrost regions, and off the Atlantic coast. Understand that he is not talking about drilling for oil in the Arctic permafrost and off the Atlantic coast. And, when they say natural gas, know they are talking about extracting gas from the methane hydrate deposits in those two areas. Ken Salazar gave it away by professing a bit too much as to why they were going to the Atlantic.
“The fact of the matter is we know very little about the Atlantic because the information we have is 30 years old,” Salazar told reporters today. “One of the things we owe to the American people is to make our decisions based on good information. Right now there is very little information on the Atlantic.”
Blake Ridge is a bathymetric high located on the Atlantic continental rise approximately 400 km east from Charleston, South Carolina. The sedimentary feature is situated in water depths between 2,000 to 4,800 meters and is approximately 500 km in length. Over the past 30 years, the Blake Ridge has become perhaps the best-studied occurrence of methane hydrate in the United States.
They lie, and I say, let’s confront the Mother Nature raping corporatist hubristic pigs sooner than later. Don’t mean to fear-monger, but I intend to get my tax payer’s moneys worth from all our government agencies we have been funding for over a decade to tell us what lurks beneath the ocean floor.
I began exploring the depths off the East Coast more than 30 years ago, and reported the first findings of these slump scars. Evidence suggests that these scarring events have happened in the past; some of the scars look fairly recent. Since we now know that some tsunamis can be caused by these slumping events, it makes sense to learn more about the activity of the sea floor just off our coasts. Currently, scientists do not have enough information to envision the possibility of a major tsunami engulfing the Atlantic City Boardwalk, but we do know that the East Coast is not as static as we once thought. (My emphasis.)
We have to figure out how to force the public debate on drilling for methane hydrates. If not the debate will be framed for us. Energy from Methane Hydrates: Better to Burn Out than Fade Away.
Maybe Neil Young’s lyric “It’s better to burn out than fade away” captures the odd paradox of methane hydrates best. Better to burn some of their methane in the short run, and suffer a CO2-driven aggravation of greenhouse problems en route to a more sustainable energy solution, than to continue with the energy status quo and wait for melting hydrates to worsen the climate problem for us.
Though the piece does offer some good research, I really don’t think Obama’s teleprompter could have framed the wave of framing that is going to come our way when it comes to us getting closer to Methane Hydrate production. And screw anyone that uses Neil Young to sell such a wave of crap (and especially use that particular line). Hey, I’m all in for a JFK, “We choose to go to the moon” moment of innovation, but at this point, I’m still convinced we are vampires sucking blood from the earth.
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