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Sat., Feb. 8, 2014

Natural gas fires different

E. Kirsten Peters wrote a Feb. 3 column recommending we put out coal and natural gas fires as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and, by implication, global warming. While she has a valid point on coal fires, she missed the mark on natural gas fires.

Natural gas is mostly methane that has 25 times the impact of CO2. Putting out the gas fire would do nothing to stop the release of the methane, and thus increase the greenhouse gas impact by 25 times.

Mike Sawatzky


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