The U.S. has almost 10,000 years of natural gas supply. The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) reported that in 2014 the U.S. consumed approximately 26.79 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of natural gas. According to the report submitted to Congress by the National Research Council (NRC) entitled “Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States,” the total United States resources of natural gas hydrates have been estimated to be on the order of 200,000 trillion cubic feet (TCF); that’s almost 10,000 years supply of natural gas. According to a report by the National Commission on Energy Policy entitled “Ending the Energy Stalemate–A Bipartisan Strategy to Meet America’s Energy Challenge,” the United States may be endowed with over 1/4 of the methane hydrate deposits in the world.
About 1,000 years supply of natural gas (methane) at current US level of use is in the Gulf of Mexico. Combustion of natural gas under easily achievable settings produces ZERO pollution. In 2008, US Geological Survey (USGS) and Minerals Management Service (MMS) assessed methane gas hydrate volumes in place in the Gulf of Mexico. On the outer continental shelf are 21,444 Trillion Cubic Feet (TCF) and of that volume, 6,717 TCF are located in sand reservoirs, which are considered the most favorable for methane production. The MMS report is available here: http://www.boem.gov/uploadedFiles/BOEM/Oil_and_Gas_Energy_Program/Resource_Evaluation/Gas_Hydrates/MMS2008-004.pdf
Pray tell me why President Obama and his administration, Al Gore, my U.S. Senators, the UN, elite wealthy Americans like Tom Steyer and movie stars, Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Fund, giant global banks like Goldman Sachs, private foundations like the Packard Foundation and the Ford Foundation, school teachers and university professors, and hundreds of green NGO’s are trying to kill the fossil fuels industry in the U.S. and force adoption of much more expensive, much more polluting, and far less reliable wind and solar energy and biofuels?