November 13, 2008

HAVE YOU LAUGHED AT A MALTHUSIAN TODAY?:

Alaska found to contain another kind of exploitable energy (ERIKA BOLSTAD, 11/13/08, Miami Herald)

Frozen crystals packed with concentrated natural gas and buried 2,000 feet below the permafrost on Alaska's North Slope could become the next major domestic energy source, according to an assessment released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The study finds that in the North Slope, frozen methane-and-water crystals known as hydrates contain as much as 85.4 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas. That's enough to heat 100 million homes for as long as 10 years, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said.

New research into how to extract those resources has moved the possibility of recovering the usable energy from the realm of "science and speculation" to that of the "actual and useful," Kempthorne said Wednesday.

Globally, "hydrates have more potential for energy than all other fossil fuels combined," he said. "This can be a paradigm shift."


Posted by Orrin Judd at November 13, 2008 9:03 AM
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