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‘Freedom gas’? That’s what Trump’s Energy Department is now calling natural gas

‘Molecules of U.S. freedom’ are apparently now a thing

Remember freedom fries?

The U.S. Department of Energy has apparently taken that rebranding concept one step further, referring to natural gas as “freedom gas” and “molecules of U.S. freedom” in a press release Wednesday.

The terms popped up in a statement announcing the approval of additional liquefied natural gas exports from a facility in Texas.

“Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world,” U.S. Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes was quoted as saying.

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According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a scientific advocacy group, natural gas produces fewer global-warming emissions than coal or oil, but the extraction and transportation of natural gas results in the leakage of methane, a gas that is significantly worse for global warming than CO2 — diminishing natural gas’s environmental advantages over the long run.

The Trump administration has dismissed warnings of climate change and rolled back numerous environmental restrictions, and earlier this week the New York Times reported the White House was preparing a stepped-up attack on climate science.



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Re: Methane = ‘Freedom gas’ :shock: 
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According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a scientific advocacy group, natural gas produces fewer global-warming emissions than coal or oil, but the extraction and transportation of natural gas results in the leakage of methane, a gas that is significantly worse for global warming than CO2 — diminishing natural gas’s environmental advantages over the long run.



I've been saying this for donkey's years. I wrote a detailed summary, related to Cyprus, of the problem in October 2015.
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This was based on my earlier work. The following quote is a very small part of the above reference.
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What happens if you don't burn methane?

This where a large part of the crunch lies. Methane in the atmosphere is a powerful greenhouse gas. In fact, it is between 20 and 50 times worse than carbon dioxide, depending on what are called the free hydroxyl radicals that are present in the atmosphere, which are very variable (low concentrations of OH radicals decompose methane more slowly than high concentrations). Let us assume, for ease of argument, that the global average Global Warming Potential is 35, although it is likely to be higher in desert country and in polar regions, both with considerable NG production. (I have noted that some web sites authored by vested interests in NG cite the figure of 21, a figure which would be typical of a hot, very humid climate such as in a tropical rain forest. This low figure is not realistic in real life, except in a few relatively minor producing countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.)

It is therefore clear that allowing NG to be emitted is far worse for climate change than burning it.

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