Measuring Methane Leaks from Natural Gas Drilling

September 18, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

There has been a lot of cross-talk over the last couple of years about how much methane leaks from the natural gas production and distribution system. Most of what has been said and written was based on analyzing and reanalyzing a very limited data set.[read more]

Update on Fukushima Leaks: Unrepresentative Sampling Supports Fear Mongering

August 31, 2013 by Rod Adams

It is the height of absurdity to make believe that a 0.1 cubic meter puddle on an industrial clean up site is something people who live in the United States should worry about. Heck, no one anywhere should worry that the material is going to harm them.[read more]

Study: Methane Leakage From Gas Fields Guts Climate Benefit

August 9, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Gas Field Leakage

A major new study in Geophysical Research Letters by 19 researchers — primarily from NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) — suggests natural gas may be more of gangplank than a bridge.[read more]

"Game-changing" leak from the IPCC reports? Please.

December 17, 2012 by Simon Donner

The claim by the Watts up with that blog that statements in a leaked draft of the upcoming IPCC assessment report is "game-changing" is not wrong scientifically, it makes no logical sense. The supposedly game-changing evidence - that there may have been a great change in the sun's impact on the climate than previously thought - is just...[read more]

Worse than Coal?

December 8, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

As I noted in last Wednesday's posting, one of the questions that came up in a webinar on shale gas in which I participated concerned the climate consequences of higher recent estimates of methane leakage from US natural gas systems. In reading further comments and blog postings on this subject, I was surprised to see assertions that...[read more]


EPA confirms high Natural Gas leakage rates

December 7, 2010 by David Lewis

The latest EPA study confirms that its original "seminal" study of methane leaks from natural gas use, i.e. "Methane Emissions from the Natural Gas Industry (GRI/EPA 1996) was in error.  The GRI/EPA 1996 study was the holy grail.  The IPCC used GRI/EPA numbers when it assessed the climate impact of gas.  The old figures...[read more]

Reporting on the nuclear energy debate in Vermont

We're reporting in southern Vermont to explore the impact on local communities of the possible shutdown of Vermont Yankee, a nuclear power plant owned by Entergy Corp. in Vernon, V.T. Here is some background information about the debate. The 38-year-old plant's operating license expires March 21, 2010. Like many other aging nuclear...[read more]

Sometimes The Best Defense is a Good Offense - Comparing Tritium Leaks to a Methane Leak

February 10, 2010 by Rod Adams

One of my frustrations with the nuclear establishment is the fact that the standard response to criticism to to politely accept it and promise to do better. That response is offered whether or not the criticism is valid or not. It also is accepted in isolation without an understanding of scale or comparison to competitive ways of...[read more]