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Mandate Targets Methane Emissions

Posted April 07, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The U.S. and Canada have agreed on a plan to fight climate change, including cutting methane emissions, reports Scientific American. Methane emissions, the second largest source of greenhouse gas emitted in the U.S., are in fact the target of new technology and better maintenance methods. Pumps and Systems describes how valve packing technology has evolved to reduce methane leaks, for example. In a related video, Peter Kuhn of AGS explains how his company combines valve technology and algorithms to reduce emissions at the oil and gas wellhead, another source of methane pollution.


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04/07/2016 2:01 AM
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04/07/2016 2:36 PM

Seriously? We are supposed take a naturally occurring compound that is at ~1.6 - 1.8 PARTS PER MILLION BY VOLUME as a concern now?

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04/08/2016 8:57 AM

Yes. Cattlemen better get ready to put catalytic converters on the exit holes on all those corn fed cows.

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04/10/2016 7:51 PM

Change is always scary....but we can adapt...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_methane

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04/11/2016 12:13 AM

This means we have to brew more beer and not consume it, isn't it?

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04/14/2016 4:53 PM

"The bottom line is that the chemistry of the atmosphere can get hideously complicated," said Schmidt. "Sorting out what affects climate and what affects air quality isn't simple, but we're making progress."

This from the team that posted some of Solar Eagle's graphics.

If we spent our NASA tax money looking for the opposite, that is, what causes our atmosphere and the world's climate TO BE SO STABLE, we might really learn something. Re-read the above quote. The bias here is looking for what DOES affect the air quality, and making "progress" toward explaining a predetermined outcome.

It's all about making a hypothesis, then generating "facts" to support it.

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