Obama: Talking hot air

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To paraphrase Barack Obama, we are the first real generation to feel the effects of climate change…and very probably the last generation with the power to do something about it.

Which is why it came as no surprise in early August to see the President’s sweeping changes to American heavy industry that will achieve a carbon footprint reduction equivalent to taking 70% of America’s cars off the road. In particular, the new proposed legislation addresses the nation’s 1,000-plus coal-fired power plants.

Of course, this isn’t the first major piece of environmental legislation proposed in the US this year. Back in January, methane was firmly on the menu when President Obama unveiled plans to cut methane emissions from the booming oil and gas industry by some 45% over the next 10 years.

According to the UK’s Environmental Protection Agency, methane accounts for around 9% of greenhouse gas emissions, the majority coming from the oil and gas industry industry, as well as farm animals…and of course landfill sites.

Which got us thinking. An awful lot of methane continues to leak out of abandoned oil and gas wells around the world. If we can use Gasbox to generate power from low-grade methane at landfill sites, why not one day do the same thing for abandoned oil fields?

Watch this space because we don’t have time for hot air…

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