Posted by: Grant | November 5, 2011

Burning Methane Makes More Water Than CO2 – Who’ve Thunkit!

Coalseam gas is pure methane – natural gas.
Methane is one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms.
When you burn methane the one carbon atom becomes one carbon dioxide molecule – “dirty pollution”
But then the four hydrogen molecules produce two water molecules – clean pollution!
Coal has a lot of hydrocarbons in it, hence the white steam that is portayed as smoke so often in power station smokestacks images, but coal is mostly plain molecular carbon so burning it produces much more life-giving carbon dioxide per unit of energy than methane.
Durh! again.
I blame the education system.

Blow to Greens’ gas ‘denial’ as report backs mining
by: Imre Salusinszky
From:The Australian
November 04, 201112:00AM

“GREENS’ claims that there is no scientific proof coal-seam gas is better for the environment than coal have been undermined by a new expert report, which finds the carbon footprint of generating power from gas is up to 87 per cent smaller than that from coal.

The findings have provoked charges of hypocrisy against the Greens for opposing CSG exploration and production, while urging immediate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change…. “

Try this alternate link –

Pay walled – full text here – Blow to Greens’ gas ‘denial’ as report backs mining The Australian

Find the report here

Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association – Climate change publications  Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association

Executive Summary
CSG Greenhouse Emissions Study final 20110411

Full Report –
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Study of Australian CSG to LNG
This report has been prepared on behalf of and for the exclusive use of APPEA, and is subject to and issued in
accordance with the agreement between APPEA and WorleyParsons Services Pty Ltd. WorleyParsons Services Pty
Ltd accepts no liability or responsibility whatsoever for it in respect of any use of or reliance upon this report by any
third party.
Copying this report without the permission of APPEA or WorleyParsons Services Pty Ltd is not permitted.
Author: T. Clark with R. Hynes and P. Mariotti
WorleyParsons approval: P. Hardisty
Peer review: W. Biswas, Curtin University



  1. interesting…

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