As the CO2 scare is becoming less and less effective in capturing the imagination and attention of the people, the AGW crowd are emphasizing the role of that other horrible green house gas: methane.
But the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico provided a unique opportunity to study the effect of a massive release of methane on the atmosphere. Moreover, the opportunity was there to study such effects empirically. No flawed models making dodgy predictions, but actual measurements.
“What the Deepwater Horizon incident has taught us is that releases of methane with similar characteristics will not have the capacity to influence climate”.
This is what researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Texas A&M University report, after finding that methane gas concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico have returned to near normal levels only months after a massive release occurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.
And so, another climate hype bites the dust. Born from a computer model, slain by reality. Doesn’t that about sum up the whole AGW saga? Anyway, Haunting the Library has the scoop, so head on over for the nasty details.