Passing wind

Warning, government intends to harm you…again. Insanity times 10…Thursday, the Obama administration announced its first step toward regulating methane emissions from hundreds of thousands of oil and natural-gas wells across the U.S., putting more pressure on jobs and on an industry already stressed by low prices. What the Obama administration’s EPA is proposing is an insane waste of taxpayer dollars, as well as disinformed, counterproductive environmental policy.

Methane is a trace gas in the atmosphere, comprising about 1700 parts per billion parts of air or 0.00017% of air or 1.7 ppm. Most of that methane comes naturally from the environment. Methane, also known as natural gas, is only 0.36% of total greenhouse gases. Human-contributed methane is only 0.066% of total greenhouse gas. So, despite all the evidence to the contrary, even if you still believe in the hypothesis of human-caused global warming, there is not enough methane to cause a global warming problem.

Both human contributed methane and total methane concentrations are more than 10 TIMES LESS than human-contributed CO2 and total CO2 as a proportion of total greenhouse gases. Total CO2 concentration is about 400 ppm in air, and total methane (CH4) concentration is about 1.7 ppm in air. Regulation of human-contributed CO2 was the previous low mark in government stupidity and crony pseudo-environmentalism. The green church is already making you pay alms for your CO2 sins. Now they want to make you pay alms equivalent to 1/10 of a CO2 sin. According to calculations by priests of the green church, the greenhouse warming effect of methane (measured as radiative forcing in Watts per square meter) is less than 1/3 that of CO2.

According to this WSJ reporter (link below): “The U.S. and Canada will commit to cut methane emissions from oil and gas by between 40% and 45% below 2012 levels by 2025, a commitment the Obama administration has previously made.”

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, already working on rules cutting methane emissions from oil and gas wells not yet drilled, will begin devising regulations for existing wells and aims to release in April draft requirements for companies to provide information about equipment, emissions and control technologies from a broad range of oil and gas activities, including production, transmission, processing and storage, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Thursday.”

“The step, being taken under the Clean Air Act, indicates the agency is preparing to write a regulation that is likely to affect hundreds of thousands of existing wells across the U.S.”

Next they will be measuring, regulating and taxing cow farts. You are next.

Atmospheric Composition and Greenhouse Gases

http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-to-target-existing-oil-gas-wells-in-effort-to-cut-methane-emissions-1457586241

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