Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


The Carbon Fallacy

Chris Martenson, smart about energy, busts the O administration for its disingenuous claims about lowering carbon emissions with natural gas:

To claim credit for lowered carbon emissions due to natural gas and then also support the idea of exporting LNG (where fully 25% of the base energy is combusted in order to simply liquefy the product) is hypocritical. These are two ideas that work against each other.  Either you use natural gas wisely and efficiently as you move away from coal resources and claim a carbon credit for these actions, or you support throwing 25% of natural gas’ energy right into the atmosphere just to cool it for transport.  

So it’s a fallacy to imply that exporting natural gas will help lower carbon emissions. In all honesty, total emissions will most likely be higher than otherwise – because let’s be realistic; the most likely path is for humanity to burn up all the natural gas and then burn up the coal next.

Further, where the U.S. carbon emissions have gone down due to less coal being burned, that happy circumstance resulted in Europe doing exactly the opposite:

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Does natural gas help to lower carbon emissions?  No, it merely pushes the carbon emissions elsewhere while the U.S. feasts on relatively cheap natural gas domestically.  The only thing that lowers carbon emissions is NOT burning coal, natural gas, or petroleum – collectively.

via The Obama Administration's Policy on LNG Makes No Energy Sense | Peak Prosperity.



TAPI

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India

via Investors sought for for Turkmen gas pipeline – The National.



The Plan: Export U.S. natural gas, import higher prices for U.S. consumers

Energy independence? Not so much.

The government may decide as soon as next week on Cheniere’s request to build a $10 billion Louisiana plant that would be the largest in the U.S. to liquefy gas and load it onto ocean-going tankers. Regulators will discuss the project April 19. Cheniere’s shares rose as much as 11 percent in New York.

via LNG Export Plant Verges on U.S. Approval Amid Shale Glut – Bloomberg.



Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline

The U.S. opposes the pipeline.

Ahmedinejad left Pakistan Friday after meeting with Pakistan’s president Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan president Hamid Karzai, a trilateral summit seeking a formula to stabilize conditions in Afghanistan.

Karzai represents the part of Afghanistan that the U.S. supposedly had under control.

A joint statement issued by Pakistan’s foreign ministry after the meeting said the three countries agreed to “develop mutually beneficial cooperation in the energy, mining and minerals, agriculture and other sectors” without providing further details.

But an Iranian official in Islamabad who spoke to CBS News on condition of anonymity said, “The IP [Iran-Pakistan] gas pipeline is very close to our heart. President Ahmedinejad indicated Iran’s intent to finance the project on the Pakistani side if Pakistan has difficulty with finding the money”.

via Fostering ties, Iran offers to fund pipeline in Pakistan – World Watch – CBS News.



Bills Seek to Ban U.S. LNG Exports

RIGZONE – Bills Seek to Ban U.S. LNG Exports.

At least, pass something to outlaw any gas company that exports from the US from making happy talk about “energy independence.”



Cove Point to export Marcellus shale gas?

East Coast LNG import facility will probably be changed to an export facility. This development results in higher prices for American consumers, while our water gets fracked. In contrast — it is illegal to export crude oil produced in the US.

Dominion, based in Richmond, Va., has won approval from the Department of Energy to use Cove Point for exporting liquefied natural gas to about 20 nations with which the United States has free-trade agreements. The company is now seeking federal permission to allow shipments to virtually any foreign country, except those barred because of trade embargoes.

via Marcellus shale fracking: Natural gas exports eyed through Calvert County – Baltimore Sun.



Exporting coal and LNG from the Pacific Northwest is a thing

Here ya go Patrick …

The Oregon Department of State Lands recently issued a permit allowing the Port of Coos Bay to conduct the largest dredging project in an estuary in state history. The permit allows for dredging of the first 1.75 million cubic yards (mcy) of a 5.6-mcy project.

The reason for the massive dredging effort: Coos Bay—a town of about 16,000 people on the remote southern Oregon coast—has been targeted for construction of a coal export terminal and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility.

via Coos Bay, Oregon is Coal Industry’s Latest Target | Earthjustice.




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