On June 9 (2008) I thought I would begin linking global climate change with Peak Oil, as the first thought of decision-makers would be to replace oil with coal. However, coal results in double the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, so a two-by-four approach appeared to be necessary to scare politicians away from this fossil option. I needed to do something extreme, because our Congress had just killed the global warming mitigation bill, and, remember, George W. Bush was still our President. Thus came the worst case scenario:
Clearly, President George W. Bush and VP Dick Cheney are a prime reason why our nation is so recalcitrant, although industry barons generally also feel that coal, our dominant energy resource, surely can't be as bad as the liberal environmentalists make it out to be. I don't think that the need to maximize profits is a major reason why corporate boards are generally lukewarm on global warming and opposed to something like the carbon tax. The primary reason is that this group, while some do show concern, likes to think that there is no cause for alarm at this time.
It is said that there might be twice the energy in this methane at the seabed than all the known coal, oil and natural gas. Let me repeat: TWICE AS MUCH ENERGY IN METHANE IN METASTABLE EQUILIBRIUM AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN THAN ALL THE KNOWN COAL, OIL AND NATURAL GAS DEPOSITS, WHICH ARE RATHER SAFELY RESTING DEEP UNDERGROUND.