Results of Cornell Natural Gas Study a Foregone ConclusionYesterday, I noted a study coming out of Cornell University that states that natural gas development and use is as dirty or dirtier than oil and coal. It is my contention that this peer reviewed article is a worthless piece of doctored data produced for the express purpose of using it to inhibit the drilling of natural gas in New York. I thank the Lonely Conservative and Left Coast Rebel for picking up on the story and adding an interesting, yet not surprising aspect that I didn't know about. More on this later.
- Howarth: “They are limited data. These are not published data. These are things teased apart out of PowerPoint presentations here and there. So rather than try to extrapolate based on any complicated formula, we’ve ended up simply taking the mean of those values.” (Howath presentation to colleagues, 22:30, March 15, 2011)
- Howarth: “A lot of the data we used are really low quality, but I’m confident that they are the best available data.” (38:50)
- Howarth: “Let me just as an aside say that, again, the quality of the data behind that number [methane emissions during well completion] are pretty lousy. You know, they’re these weird PowerPoint sort of things.” (44:15)
- Ingraffea: “We do not intend for you to accept what we have reported on today as the definitive scientific study in respect to this question, clearly it is not. We have pointed out as many times as we could that we are basing this study on in some cases questionable data.” (38:20)
- Ingraffea: “I hope you don’t gather from this presentation that we think we’re right.” (57:15)
- Howarth: “We did not look as carefully at coal. … We didn’t put anywhere near the amount of effort into them [coal numbers], but I’m sure they are lower than natural gas.” (39:10 – 40:08)