Gulf oil full of methane, adding new concerns

The news just keeps getting worse on this blowout-

Methane gas (natural gas) is what caused the explosion. Natural gas not only profoundly depletes oxygen in the ocean at this concentration, it is also a much stronger greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. I have to wonder if a gas emission of this magnitude is a climate  changer.  Some alternative theories of global warming suggest that sudden oceanic emissions of methane are what really brought on abrupt global warming.

Gulf oil full of methane, adding new concerns. By Matthew Brown. Associated Press.





  1. mikarooni Avatar

    Leave it to BP to pass gas as well.

  2. MJ Graham Avatar

    There’s another BP twist that makes me just sick at heart. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it appears that turtles and other wildlife are being burned with the boom.

  3. JimT Avatar

    BP is going to end up making the Gulf largely a dead zone before this is all done…No amount of money will suffice to punish them sufficiently for what they have done.

  4. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    This is going to have a huge effect on bird life throughout most of North America, such as no migratory birds of many kinds.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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