Gallery: COP18: U.S. Cites Fracking as Effective Contribution to Emissi...


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A spokesperson for the United States at the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar cited the country’s investments in “fracking” as its contribution to the global goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Long vilified for failing to ratify the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which it initially signed, the U.S. was the biggest spewer of greenhouse gas emissions for many years until China took the lead. This is due in part to a widespread program to replace coal plants throughout the U.S. with shale gas, the extraction of which comes with its own environmental price.

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  1. ronwagn November 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    This is very important news. Everyone should know about
    this by now though. Natural gas can run any internal
    combustion engine of any kind, and we need to convert
    engines to burn it. China has this incorporated into
    their new five year plan.

  2. WBrooke November 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

    If the drilling companies are to be believed, then the zone that is fractured is far too deep to interact with the fresh-water bearing rock strata. It that is true (and we are not sure that it is), then fugitive emissions and contamination of groundwater associated with fracking must be an engineering issue concerning how the well casing is cemented, which allows the drilling fluid to find a path to the groundwater. I think that an easy way to track this and assign culpability to polluting companies would be to mandate the inclusion of a unique tracer chemical to each company to use in their drilling fluid. If the groundwater is contaminated then we would look for the tracer chemicals to see who is causing the damage.

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