How Methane, LNG, improved the lives of the poor.

Natural gas has drooped the price of energy everywhere. The poorest people have benefited in a big way.

Natural gas is methane. Before it is shipped to homes a chemical is added to give it a strong  smelly odour. Unlike kerosene or gasoline, it must it must be held in sealed pressure tank.

More about why methane is important, but first I’m going to relate a personal observation I have. After living and travelling about for several years in Third World countries.several times I’ve flown over parts of the Amazon basin. I recall seeing large areas of dense forest they could go as far as the ice could see. But over the years I began to notice that what they said was true. More and more the land was being cut up into chunks for farming and the trees were not this many as they used to be. The poor people  cut down the forest to try and make a living. But the Amazon forest is too slow to recover.

Another thing I’ve surf while living in two different countries was the extreme poverty that existed among the lowest class. It was unlike anything I ever saw on growing up in the United States people had so little to eat and they had to live in shelters that could hardly be called houses. After a while we had to quit and go back home.

After many years of living back in the United States and having a satisfying life, we decided to go back again and try South America in one of the poorest countries around. It has a land area larger than that of taxes, but a population more like  Washington state.

Before I left that country the government began in put in more and more narwhal gas pipes in all the mayor cities. This was done at very low cost, or free in some places. The natural gas proven robe very effective and low cost.  As a direct result, the poor people could eat better and have more time to work in industry  instead of small-scale farming.

I got to meet a man who was  part of this. He helped the government make a contract wit foreign petroleum companies to develop and export oil reserves newly discovered that country.  I would say it was a success.  Exportation of methane is not cost-effective. But using it inside the country made good economic sense.

So, that is how methane has helped the poor people. Now there  is more news about methane. I will tell next post.kohn-bird

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