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Cornell's Howarth calls natural gas from shale nearly as dirty as coal -- or dirtier

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Uploaded on Sep 16, 2010

On 9-15-10, attending EPA meeting in Binghampton NY, respected professor of ecology and environmental biology, independent researcher Robert Howarth, Ph.D., told a news conference that natural gas extracted from shale is nearly as dirty as coal or dirtier, due principally to methane leaks. This is because methane (which makes up most of natural gas) is far more potent that CO2 in worsening greenhouse effect, global warming and climate change. This is big news in the PR battle the gas industry is waging to convince the public that shale gas and its production are "clean and safe." See article "Fracturing the Talking Points" at http://pubcomm.blogspot.com/2010_08_0... for more details and Howarth's preliminary study (http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth/GH...). "Natural gas is not the clean fuel we're being led to believe," said Howarth. Video begins in midsentence where Howarth is saying EPA's budget is paltry and "It's foolhardy to push ahead [with shale gas development] until we get the EPA study" (not due out until end 2012).

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