|NECESSARY: University of Newcastle Professor Behdad Moghtaderi says a |
$30-million research grant paves the way towards cutting methane emissions.
Basically the energy required to extract the CO2 from the coal is about the same as produced by the burning of the coal and the waste takes much more room to bury than was created by the coal which was mined.
I had lunch with some Uni people the other day, including some senior academics. One of them, a senior professor involved in the approval process, was explaining to us how difficult it is for research applications to gain grant money these days. Even good applications are routinely turned down. They have to be very, very good or even superb or exciting (in their view) to get approved for grant money. There are just too many applications for the funds available. $30m is an absolute huge amount. That same money could easily fund 60 - 100 small to medium research studies that could look at 'useful' things for humanity. When I was involved in some Uni research, years ago, we would be happy to get any money, sometimes only $5000, to do a small study. You can't do research on your own funds, the Uni won’t allow you to use their equipment or facilities or staff. That's because of insurance and Admin. wouldn't get their cut of the money (which can be substantial, like 10-25%). So Prof. McMillan, the executive and Admin. would love this grant. Doesn't matter that the research is crap - the money is good. Prof. Moghtaderi should know that gassy mines already pump out methane for safety reasons. They could mix that pumped out air/methane with natural gas and burn it in a small electricity-power station, if they are so concerned. They don't need taxpayer and mining industry money to fund this !@#$%^!”