With winter right around the corner, European nations are trying to figure out how they will replace natural gas that they once bought from Russia. However, their plan is raising climate fears.
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A series of around 20 floating terminals will receive liquefied natural gas from other countries and convert it to heating fuel. However, scientists are raising alarm bells about how this plan will affect the environment long term. These terminals would simply extend Europe’s reliance on natural gas, which releases methane and carbon dioxide when produced, transported, and burned.
If the floating gas terminals are a success, they could end up being the long-term supplier of energy for Europe. However, it is now more important than ever that we move away from fossil fuels and move toward a sustainable and renewable energy future. Most of this liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to come from the United States.
“Building this immense LNG infrastructure will lock the world into continued reliance on fossil fuels and continued climate damage for decades to come,” said John Sterman, a climate scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The floating terminals would stretch 1,000 feet into the sky and store about 6 billion cubic feet of LNG. It would then be converted into gas for homes and businesses. These terminals can be built faster and cheaper than onshore import terminals but they are more expensive to operate, says the International Gas Union.
Although replacing Russian gas with solar, wind energy, and other renewable sources would take a few years to get up to speed, it is best for the environment and could replace all need for gas in the long run, making it a much better option.
Projects worldwide are developing new ways to utilize solar panels and move away from dirty fossil fuels. Architecture students in Barcelona just built a solar-powered greenhouse that uses 50 percent less energy than it produces. Virginia is transforming abandoned coal mines into solar farms, and a start-up is helping retrofit old buildings in Brooklyn to use clean energy. The latest climate report from the IPCC is a final warning for governments around the world about global warming, so it’s great to see companies taking the initiative and working towards a renewable future!
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