Natural Gas/Alternative Energy

Another oxymoron!

As you well clearly see the gas companies are speaking to you with that old

“forked tongue”?

Their ad is not a lie.

However, it is also not the truth!

Natural Gas does pollute.

Cool, Clean Fuel

oxymoron-examples

Natural pollutants/Oil pollutants

The oil and natural gas industry also is a significant source of emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that is more than 20 times as potent as carbon dioxide.

Emissions of air toxics such as benzene, ethylbenzene, and n-hexane, also come from this industry.

Air toxics are pollutants known, or suspected of causing cancer and other serious health effects.

As you can see the gas companies are speaking to you with that old “forked tongue”?

Gas, Oil, Coal pollutants!

Consider the wide variety of environmental problems in burning fossil fuels — coal, oil, and gas.

They probably exceed those of any other human activity.

The ones that have received the most publicity in recent years have been the “greenhouse effect,” which is changing the Earth’s climate;

acid rain, which is destroying forests and killing fish;

and air pollution, which is killing tens of thousands of American citizens every year, while making tens of millions ill and degrading our quality of life in other ways.

Coal, oil, and gas consist largely of carbon and hydrogen.

The process that we call “burning” actually is chemical reactions with oxygen in the air.

For the most part, the carbon combines with oxygen to form carbon dioxide (CO2), and the hydrogen combines with oxygen to form water vapor (H20).

In both of these chemical reactions a substantial amount of energy is released as heat.

Since heat is what is needed to instigate these chemical reactions, we have a chain reaction: reactions cause heat, which causes reactions, which cause heat, and so on.

Once started the process continues until nearly all of the fuel has gone through the process (i.e., burned), or until something is done to stop it.

Of course, the reason for arranging all this is to derive the heat.

http://www.phyast.pitt.edu/~blc/book/chapter3.html

The oil and natural gas industry includes a wide range of operations and equipment, from wells to natural gas gathering lines and processing facilities, to storage tanks, and transmission and distribution pipelines.

The industry is the largest industrial source of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a group of chemicals that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone (smog). Exposure to ozone is linked to a wide range of health effects, including aggravated asthma, increased emergency room visits and hospital admissions, and premature death. EPA estimates VOC emission from the oil & natural gas industry at 2.2 million tons a year in 2008.

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