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A Gaia catastrophy on horizon

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  • Mike Doran
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/532468.stm b Fossil fuel revolution begins b The methane could be liquefied at sea and transported by tanker i By BBC
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      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/532468.stm

      b Fossil fuel revolution begins

      b The methane could be liquefied at sea and transported by tanker

      i By BBC News Online's Damian Carrington

      i The first step in a new era of global energy production is being
      taken, with a Japanese attempt to recover vast reserves of frozen
      methane gas from under the ocean floor.

      i End of the energy crisis?

      i Professor Richard Selley

      i The drilling project began on Friday and is the first commercial
      offshore attempt but it is fraught with danger. Accidental releases
      of vast volumes of the buried gas have in the past led to the
      destruction of oil platforms in the Caspian Sea.

      i These releases are also a possible explanation for the mysterious
      disappearances of ships.

      i "It's horrifically dangerous," said Professor Richard Selley, a gas
      hydrate expert at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College,
      London. "If they drill in with a conventional drill ship and they hit
      the stuff and destabilise it, all the gas comes bubbling up and the
      ship will sink.
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      b Comment:

      Hydrates are electrically insulating and a critical aspect of living
      earth climatalogical feed backs in relation to cirrus clouds. Mining
      hydrates would be an unmitigated, unprecedented climate and
      ecological catastrophy.

      Fascism is not fair, free, or smart.
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