Fracking Will Fracture the Climate

January 16, 2019

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Huffington Post:

 Amid mounting calls to phase out fossil fuels in the face of rapidly worsening climate change, the United States is ramping up oil and gas drilling faster than any other country, threatening to add 1,000 coal plants’ worth of planet-warming gases by the middle of the century, according to a report released Wednesday.

By 2030, the U.S. is on track to produce 60 percent of the world’s new oil and gas supply, an expansion at least four times larger than in any other country. By 2050, the country’s newly tapped reserves are projected to spew 120 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.

That would make it nearly impossible to keep global warming within the 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial averages, beyond which United Nations scientists forecast climate change to be catastrophic, with upward of $54 trillion in damages.

The findings ― from a report authored by the nonprofit Oil Change International and endorsed by researchers at more than a dozen environmental groups ― are based on industry projections collected by the data service Rystad Energy and compared with climate models used by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading climate research body.

Oil Change International:

A new study released by Oil Change International and 17 partner organizations examines the urgent need for U.S. leadership to manage a rapid and just decline of fossil fuel production.

The United States should be a global leader in winding down fossil fuel use and production. Instead, the U.S. oil and gas industry is gearing up to unleash the largest burst of new carbon emissions in the world between now and 2050. At precisely the time in which the world must begin rapidly decarbonizing to avoid runaway climate disaster, the United States is moving further and faster than any other country to expand oil and gas extraction.

Key findings include:

  • Unprecedented Oil & Gas Expansion: Between 2018 and 2050, U.S. drilling into new oil and gas reserves could unlock 120 billion metric tons of new carbon pollution, which is equivalent to the lifetime CO2 emissions of nearly 1,000 coal-fired power plants. If not curtailed, U.S. oil and gas expansion will impede the rest of the world’s ability to manage a climate-safe, equitable decline of oil and gas production.

  • Expansion Hot Spots: Some 90% of U.S. drilling into new oil and gas reserves through 2050 would depend on fracking; nearly 60% of the carbon emissions enabled by new U.S. drilling would come from the epicenters of fracking – the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico and the Appalachian Basin across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

  • Coal – Too Much Already: Given U.S. coal mining should be phased out by 2030 or sooner if the world is to equitably achieve the Paris Agreement goals, at least 70% of the coal in existing U.S. mines should stay in the ground.

18 Responses to “Fracking Will Fracture the Climate”

  1. rsmurf Says:

    I was told by a friend that fracking was so benign that after it was completed you wouldn’t even know they had done it. Gee I can see from this picture that he was correct????

    • dumboldguy Says:

      LOL—-certainly not a “benign” sight, and disgusts me every time Peter uses it on Crock, although fracking takes place thousands of feet underground and you really can’t “see” it, just the surface part of the wells (which may or may not be fracked).

      The picture in this post is an aerial view of the Jonah Field in Sublette County in SW Wyoming, a pretty area that was almost unpopulated when I drove through it years ago when heading north to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone from Colorado—-grassland, antelope, blue sky, and distant mountains. Pinedale was a neat little town then, and is probably overrun with fossil fuel types now.

      The Jonah Field contains a huge amount of natural gas, and was only developed after fracking came on the scene. It covers 32 square miles and has ~2000+ wells (one on every 10 acres). If you want to see more disgusting pictures, google “aerial views of oil fields” and try not to throw up.

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    There goes the carbon budget. If The Rump gets reelected, it will be all over (if it’s not already). I wonder what Putin’s motivation is in pushing his puppet to do this?—-maybe once the U.S. exhausts its supply, the Russians can take over the fossil fuel business?

    Time to start thinking about who to put up against him—-I’m thinking Warren for President and Klobuchar for VEEP. It’s time for an all-women ticket! (And AOC for a cabinet post of some sort).

  3. indy222 Says:

    What I haven’t heard addressed, is how fracking may be ruining possible storage sites for underground liquified CO2 if we ever decide we want to , you know, save the Earth for future generations?

    • dumboldguy Says:

      LOL Maybe you haven’t heard it because we are such a long way from coming up with any technology whereby people can get rich by storing underground liquified CO2? If you can’t get rich from it, why even think about it? And those who are worried about getting rich are certainly not worried about saving the Earth for future generations—-it would appear that they have instead decided they want to destroy it.

      • indy222 Says:

        A study, funded by academic research funds, is all I ask. Plenty of ideas have been looked at which have little to no chance of funding (tow an asteroid to L1 and sputter dust off of it as a SRM ?!!). It would be valuable to know, and might provide powerful argument for halting fracking – even if there’s no chance to actually halt it because of the Trump Regime.

        • redskylite Says:

          Norway is has awarded a CO2 storage exploration permit in the North Sea, funding for a full scale field is expected 2020/21. Painfully slow progress on a concept that was agreed in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992) held in New York. But progress nevertheless. A few other countries have taken initiative on this.

          “The reservoir surveyed for CO2 storage has the capacity to accommodate significant additional volumes and could lower the barrier for emitters in Europe to realize their first CCS projects. The Norwegian project may be the start of the world’s first CCS network across national borders.”

          https://www.gasworld.com/equinor-awarded-exploitation-permit/2016306.article

          • dumboldguy Says:

            Gasworld is an excellent site for info on all things commercial about various gasses—good find

            IMO, CCS is proceeding way too slowly (and is proving to be way too difficult and expensive). This Equinor project will be int the PDO stage (write fine-sounding stuff on paper). for a year, and won’t get to the “decide to spend some $$$” stage for two more. By then the CO2 in the atmosphere will have gone up by another 10 ppm, global temperature will have risen, ice sheet melting will have accelerated, oceans will be warmer, ad infinitum. Kudos to Norway, but without a carbon tax or government mandates by the big CO2 producers, CCS is going nowhere.

            “Equinor, together with project partners Shell and Total, will now mature the storage concept towards a Plan for Development and Operations (PDO) scheduled for delivery in 2019. An investment decision for the Norwegian full-scale CCS project is expected in 2020/2021”. (Wake me up when the movie starts)

          • redskylite Says:

            DOG – thanks for the “Good Find” comment, although the regular press/media should keep the public updated on important things like this.

            Currently much of the press is screaming about “BREXIT”, but still largely ignores the important items that will seal/steer the fate of our beloved offspring.

            “BREXIT and the Kardashians seems to be of much more concern. I guess people are getting used to living in the consumer society, where food is provided without question – maybe they will have a shock when things start drying up.

    • Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

      Fracking is used to extract gas that will not come out by itself so shoving a gas back in is a non starter. Depleted conventional fields don’t have that problem and there are millions of them. There have been, and are studies, pilot storage etc. The results are always expensive, energy intensive and expensive. About the worst FEASIBLE method of removing CO@.

      • J4Zonian Says:

        Well of course. People talk about how gas is cheap and so we can stop leaks, do CCS, blah blah and keep using it. Some of the remaining delusional people even say the same about coal, despite the fact that it can’t even compete with gas any more. But supposedly-non-dirty-coal or s-n-d-gas, even with huge subsidies, are already more expensive than solar and wind, with batteries, without subsidies in many places.

        Since wind, solar, and batteries all continue to get cheaper fast, if you do anything to add any cost to any fossil fuel it will kill the industry even faster than not doing it. Thus the gas and oil corporations’ reluctance to plug the enormous leaks in the gas system. (Well, that and the fact that they’re psychopaths.) It’s unconscionable that anyone continues to research these useless technologies; the money should instead be spent on R&D&Deployment for clean safe renewable energies, especially dispatchable ones, and increasing the capacity factor of wind turbines, powering solar panels with rain, reducing transmission costs and losses, etc.

    • rsmurf Says:

      The cheapest and easiest way to remove co2 is to not bun FF.

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  5. HajarE. Says:

    Reblogged this on Changing for the Climate and commented:
    throughout the years its just going to keep on increasing and harming the environment. we need to make a change before its too late and the earth is way beyond repair. everything is taken for granted but we are losing the earth slowly, and the harm being done just keeps on increasing. we need to make sure that future generations get to enjoy life as we did. so lets try to make a change for everyone and for yourself. think of how much better the earth would be if we all tried to help it out. so go help out and sign the petition in the link below to contribute to the change that is trying to be made.https://www.change.org/p/paal-kibsgaard-making-a-change-against-fracking

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Signed the petition—-was the 10th to do so in two weeks, and they’re aiming for 100 signers. Don’t think it’s going to have a big impact. (But one cannot refuse to act when asked by such a beautiful angel)

  6. Nikola Naumovski Says:

    Reblogged this on Changing for the Climate and commented:
    “By 2030, the U.S. is on track to produce 60 percent of the world’s new oil and gas supply, an expansion at least four times larger than in any other country. By 2050, the country’s newly tapped reserves are projected to spew 120 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.” What is happening here, is terrible for the environment. With this much oil being produced, it’s impossible to slow down global warming. It’s going to cause so much money worth in damages and also speed up the rate global warming is going at. Do you want the world we live in to perish? Do you want your life to end short, just because of humans not taking care of the environment? No, I didn’t think so because I don’t want that either. Please help us stop fracking. It is causing so much damage to the environment we live in and time is really running out. Please go sign our petition and help us save the environment we live in.


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