The fossil fuel industry has a boner for methane hydrates

The Department of Energy, along with a contingent from the oil and gas industry, are trying to figure out ways to access the abundant (and dangerous) methane hydrates being exposed by a warming climate. It has taken me three months to write this one up. When I first came across this report last March regarding methane hydrates on the Department of Energy website, I admit that I just broke down and cried. The DOE’s link, which initially went to the United Nations Environmental Programme website (and which now doesn’t seem to go anywhere) felt like a slap in the face.

On the heels of increasingly terrifying reports about the Arctic heating up faster than other areas of the world, leading to possible extinction-level methane time bombs, the United Nations, and Achim Steiner in particular, have clearly joined the crowd in allowing themselves to be used as cover for these crooks (whose logos are below, including one with the acronym “MOM”).

Frozen heat exec summary

And the very narrowly defined way that this utterly ridiculous Frozen Heat report refers to methane as (bizarrely) somehow “better” than carbon dioxide for the planet is, frankly, disturbing. Even schoolchildren could figure out that methane is much more dangerous, all around, for a climate teetering on the brink of destruction.

Look at who’s calling the shots in Frozen Heat (below). I was sort of surprised (in a United Nations report) to see the fossil fuel industry so obviously listed. Precisely such shenanigans take place here in the US and have become so commonplace that no one even bothers trying to hide it any more.

I’ve highlighted the names of people who I am certain of being fossil fuel representatives. The others may be as well, but I wasn’t sure:

Gas- Steering

That the United Nations, which is supposedly spearheading the only global effort to save our planet (United Nation’s IPCC, of course), would publish this drivel is NOT EVEN WRONG. Throughout this report (I’ve only posted the summary above), methane hydrates are referred to as a “resource.” No. Wrong. Already off to a flawed conclusion. By even whispering the “R” word, you miscategorize and open the door to the absolutely worst type of offense: extraction.

resource

I’m not sure what a better choice of terminology would have been, but I would certainly not have rolled over on my back by only the third paragraph in the PREFACE.

preface

It’s bad enough when paid shills for the fossil fuel industry inch their way into climate negotiations and muck about, altering the tone and/or direction of committees and reporting. THIS multi-volume, multi-year “hall pass,” with nary a hand slap to the industry for trying to pry open the cookie jar (or Pandora’s Box) to further environmental degradation is simply beyond the pale.

It is an affront to the real scientists who honestly labor under UN auspices to roll back climate change. It is an affront to the already- and the soon-to-be displaced people of the world, most of whom have no voice to defend themselves against corporate greed. And finally, it is an affront to those of us who place our last vestige of hope on the flawed process which has, for two decades now, pandered to the bully nations of the world. We are now out of time, and I doubt we deserve saving as a species. The problem is that we take down so many other innocent creatures, big and small, with us.