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    China to Develop "Combustible Ice" Clean Energy

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    From: Xinhua writers Wang Aihua, Miao Xiaojuan, Xinhua News Agency, Environmental Health News, More from this Affiliate
    Published March 7, 2010 09:06 AM China to develop new energy source - combustible ice




    China's western Qinghai Province, containing major deposits of the country's "combustible ice," will see increased explorations for this emerging clean energy, Provincial Governor Luo Huining said on Saturday.
    The plateau province plans to allow large energy companies along with researchers to tap this new source of energy while minimizing environmental threats, Luo said on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature.

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    "Combustible ice," or natural gas hydrate, is mainly found in deep seas and atop plateaus. Approximately one cubic meter of "combustible ice" equals 164 cubic meters of regular natural gas.


    At a time of energy bottlenecks, the new energy resource has drawn interest from many countries. Additional attention has focused on the "ice" having a low proportion of impurities, resulting in it generating almost no pollutants when burned.
    More than 100 countries around the world have found deposits of "combustible ice." The deposits in Qinghai Province, home to one-quarter of China's total reserve on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, were discovered in September 2009.
    "Combustible ice" reserves on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau are estimated to equal at least 35 billion tonnes of oil, which could supply energy to China for 90 years.
    Luo said tapping this new energy resource should be given high priority in China's energy strategy.
    Article continues: China to move ahead on clean energy "combustible ice"



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    That's great, I knew that 'them' invading a peaceful devout Buddhist nation, raping, pillaging, genocide and cultural and religious persecution would pay off in dividends.....in the end of course...

    I wonder what the true environmental effects will actually be....just look at China's record on that and I think the question is already answered.!!!!

    Tibet is not part of China, and the west and all other countries are responsible in helping them get it back.

    Oh I forgot, there's too much money invested in China for us to really make a 'song and dance' about it.
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    It is interesting. I was not aware that Methanhydrates are found on land too. Had only heard of them in deep water.

    But they can be found in permafrost on land too as I have learned now.

    On the politics I would wish one could do something for Tibet.

    But I do find it strange that people who generally condemn the west for neocolonialism or meddling on anything in the third world would condemn the nonaction on China/Tibet. It doesn't surprise me though.

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