Farting Cows Save Fracking

IMG_5446 copy COW used in methane


The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.  Bertrand Russell

By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times – Monday, March 14, 2016

“A newly released international study finds that farming, not fracking, is the likely culprit behind rising global methane levels, undermining the Obama administration’s crackdown on methane from oil-and-gas production in the name of climate change.

“The research published Friday in the journal Science came a day after President Obama unveiled a pact aimed at cutting methane emissions from oil-and-gas producers by 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025.”

Now it’s methane?  To get a sense of proportion, let’s review the normal atmospheric constituents.

Table 1: Average composition of the
atmosphere up to an altitude of 25 km.
Gas Name Chemical Formula Percent Volume  Air sample size (molecules) to contain one molecule
Nitrogen N2 78.080%                        1.28
Oxygen O2 20.950%                        4.77
*Water H2O 0 to 4%  
Argon Ar 0.9300%                         108
*Carbon dioxide CO2 0.04%                      2,500
Neon Ne 0.00180%                   55,556
Helium He 0.000500%                 200,000
*Methane CH4 0.0001700%                 588,235
Hydrogen H2 0.00005%             2,000,000
*Nitrous oxide N2O 0.00003%             3,333,333
*Ozone O3 0.000004%           25,000,000
* variable gases  


When it comes to climate change “science”, there is a whole lot more hype than help. We are told that the current level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, 400 parts per million, is close to irreversible change without explanation about how a single molecule of this material goes about imparting measurable heat to the other 2499 molecules in an air sample.  And now, they expect us to dent the family budget based on the temperature increase brought about by one molecule of methane to the other 588,234 molecules of an air sample.

From Wikipedia we learn, “The National Geographic wrote that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is this high “for the first time in 55 years of measurement—and probably more than 3 million years of Earth history.”[20] The current concentration may be the highest in the last 20 million years.”


“The Real Global Warming Disaster”, by Christopher Booker, makes reference to, “A cross-disciplinary study published in 2003 by Nir Shaviv, an astrophysicist at the University of Jerusalem and Jan Veizer, a University of Ottawa geologist, analysed data showing world temperature levels going back 500 million years. They found little correlation between earth’s climate and CO2 levels (at times CO2 levels had been as much as 18 times higher than today’s and were 10 times higher even during the intense Ordovician glaciation.)”

The Federal EPA tells us that the global average temperature has increased more than 1.5o F since the late 1800’s. The implication of that statement is that time was when the age of industrialization began and that we humans are the cause because we drive cars instead of using horses.  What they don’t mention is the end of the “Little Ice Age” occurred in mid-19th century which followed the medieval warm period when it was warmer than the 20th century.

You will be forgiven if you have difficulty distinguishing EPA pronouncements from cow farts.

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