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#1 Methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. In my uninformed opinion, if these clathrates 'melt' and release that methane we might actually match the temperature rise that has been postulated for 'global warming'. I would suspect that such releases have happened before - perhaps due to solar patterns, perhaps due to worldwide bolide-ignited fires, perhaps due to plate tectonics. The gerbil wormists MIGHT actually be right, if we are so close to a 'tipping point' that anthropogenic CO2 emmissions are enough to initiate methane hydrate melting, and starting that feedback loop. So, to defend our climate, we must quickly extract all the methane hydrate and convert it to the less damaging gas, CO2.
Posted by Glenmore 2012-11-12 16:33||
#2 We should save some of the clathrates for when the next Ice Age starts. Winter is coming.
Posted by SteveS 2012-11-12 17:07||
#3 Methane hydrate was a subplot for the remake of Dallas. It was a stupid subplot but so were many of the other subplots.
Posted by lord garth 2012-11-12 20:17||