CO2 Unbound

On May 28, 2019 the US Department of Energy announced that CO2 has been unleashed to bring Freedom to the World.

Department of Energy Authorizes Additional LNG Exports from Freeport LNG

Advances commitment to U.S. jobs, economic growth, clean energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advanced its commitment to promoting clean energy, job creation, and economic growth by approving additional exports of domestically produced natural gas from the Freeport LNG Terminal located on Quintana Island, Texas. The announcement was made at the Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) in Vancouver, Canada where DOE is highlighting its efforts to advance clean energy. The expansion of the Freeport LNG facility is estimated to support up to 3,000 engineering and construction jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs associated with the project.

“Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy. Further, more exports of U.S. LNG to the world means more U.S. jobs and more domestic economic growth and cleaner air here at home and around the globe,” said U.S. Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes, who highlighted the approval at the Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver, Canada. “There’s no doubt today’s announcement furthers this Administration’s commitment to promoting energy security and diversity worldwide.”

“Approval of additional LNG exports from Freeport LNG furthers this Administration’s commitment to promoting American energy, American jobs, and the American economy. Further, increased supplies of U.S. natural gas on the world market are critical to advancing clean energy and the energy security of our allies around the globe. With the U.S. in another year of record-setting natural gas production, I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of U.S. freedom to be exported to the world,” said Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg, who signed the export order and was also in attendance at the Clean Energy Ministerial.

Update May 31, 2019 Shale Gas Chemistry (Response to Genghis question)

Shale gas is natural gas trapped within tiny pore spaces in shale formations. It is a hydrocarbon gas mixture. It consists mainly of methane. Other hydrocarbons are natural gas liquids (NGLs) like ethane, propane, and butane, and it also contains carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and hydrogen sulfide.

Shale gas composition in the USA

What is done with Shale Gas?

Warmists obsessed with GHG theory are concerned a little about the bit of CO2 escaping during fracking, but much more about the methane (CH4) lost in the process.  Industry is continually reducing such losses with a high economic incentive for efficiency.  Of course, the atmosphere is a methane sink which soon converts any escaping CH4 to CO2 and H20, two life-giving gases.

In sum, the Freedom to emit CO2 covers both pathways.

See Also CO2 Exonerated

Footnote:  This is not a joke!  (OK, I did invent the CO2 superhero image.)

P.S. Anti-fossil fuel activists are not amused.



  1. Hifast · May 30, 2019

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.


  2. craigm350 · May 30, 2019

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Just as Global Warming became Climate Change and now Climate Breakdown , so in retort The Gas of Life becomes Freedom Gas . After I read this in the Guardian earlier I did wonder if the Trump Administration was now just overtly trolling the media? 🤔


  3. Graeme Weber · May 31, 2019

    I wonder if any of you know what natural CO2 is in the USA fract gas.


    • Ron Clutz · May 31, 2019

      Graeme, natural gas is CH4. When you burn it, the result is CO2 and H2O, the two gases of life. The freedom to do that depends on having the fuel available, to power our standard of living.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. uwe.roland.gross · May 31, 2019

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.


  5. Genghis · May 31, 2019

    No that is not what I meant. EVERY gas field has a natural CO2 content from 4-95% CO2. In Victoria we have a small gas field in the southern Otways with >90% C02. It is tapped for its CO2 content, taken to Melbourne and put into fizzy drinks. Australia produces enormous amounts of natural CO2 but it is not counted in our CO2 emissions. It is one of the sleeping giants like toxic Solar panels and rare earths in turbine magnets.


    • Ron Clutz · May 31, 2019

      Thanks Genghis for asking and clarifying. As usual, a good question teaches me something more. My response to you is the update above.


  6. oiltranslator · June 1, 2019

    Delightful blog post, and inspirational in the sense that somewhere in the cauldrons of a mixed-economy kleptocracy the fanatical zeal for making electrical energy a controlled substance is finally abating after… what?… 43 years?


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