Thursday, 29 October 2009

Environment and energy crisis cancelled

From a conference in Argentina at the beginning of the month we have...

Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive, said proven natural gas reserves around the world have risen to 1.2 trillion barrels of oil equivalent, enough for 60 years' supply – and rising fast.

Meanwhile on the global warming side...

According to research conducted by Professor Don Easterbrook from Western Washington University last November, the oceans and global temperatures are correlated.

The oceans, he says, have a cycle in which they warm and cool cyclically. The most important one is the Pacific decadal oscillation (PDO).

For much of the 1980s and 1990s, it was in a positive cycle, that means warmer than average. And observations have revealed that global temperatures were warm too.

But in the last few years it has been losing its warmth and has recently started to cool down.

So looks like we've got loads of fuel and we're not heating the planet. Plus, the UK has vast shale beds we can exploit to extract the methane which can be liquefied for transport, or compressed to put in your car.

I still think we should go nuclear though.

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