The Bridge Fuel to Nowhere

Made a couple of minor changes to the Sierra Club message to Obama. The Sierra Club means well, I’m sure, but when will they stop their endless pussyfooting?

This is what I ended up with:

This is what US  Climate Action looks like: a bridge to nowhere.

This is what US Climate Action looks like.

As long as you uncritically keep touting natural gas as a bridge fuel, Sir, you live in a dream land, traveling on a bridge to nowhere. Howarth et al. have argued that:

“We believe the preponderance of evidence indicates shale gas has a larger GHG [green house gas] footprint than conventional gas, considered over any time scale. The GHG footprint of shale gas also exceeds that of oil or coal when considered at decadal time scales, […]”

As a recent study by Miller et al. shows, current greenhouse gas reduction policies in the US are based on what appear to be significant underestimates of anthropogenic methane emissions. As the authors state:

“We find greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and fossil fuel extraction and processing (i.e., oil and/or natural gas) are likely a factor of two or greater than cited in existing studies.”

The nice thing about these Sierra Club messages is that they can be edited. Perhaps, if we increase the noise level at the same time, we can turn things around, so that those with an overabundance of respect for authority will have to do the editing.

As an anti-authoritarian exercise people should read Pete Seeger’s testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, August 18, 1955.

I cannot think of a better way to stimulate the spine and honor Pete Seeger’s memory!

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