Methane Restrictions Should Not Be Relaxed

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Tiistai 11.8.2020 klo 16:40 - Mikko Nikinmaa

Fact 1. Methane is much stronger greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, maybe about 20 times stronger.

Fact 2. The atmospheric methane concentration has recently increased much more than expected on the basis of known release.

These facts together require that the methane release should be curbed as much as possible if we want to fight climate change. Against this requirement the forthcoming action of Trump government is among the most irresponsible ones that have been done. It can be compared with the suggestion that maybe one should drink bleach to get rid of coronavirus infection. The US EPA is going to relax restrictions of methane release of oil companies. The present US government says that it is functioning in the interests of American economy, but all its actions only favour companies, which have not developed and tried to find new avenues. Going back to 1960’s is hardly in the interests of any kind of economy.

As a worst outcome you may see the end of modern civilization with billions in your bank account, if you agree with Trump’s actions.

Avainsanat: climate change, greenhouse gas

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