The United States have signed with other countries 13 a protocol for reducing methane emissions by 2015. To achieve this, industrialized countries must help poorer to develop effective technologies for collecting fumes of greenhouse gases, especially in coal mines and on oil and gas fields. The administration estimates that some 53 million over 5 years some of the costs associated with this initiative.
The goal is to capture, within ten years, no less than 9 million metric tons of methane per year, which can be sold as a source of energy. Industrialists and environmentalists welcome this agreement, including major broadcasting nations like China and India. But some openly regret the refusal of the White House to ratify the Kyoto Protocol
attacks the main cause of the greenhouse effect, carbon dioxide (CO2). Indeed, the share of methane in this phenomenon is only 16% against over 60% for CO2. The other signatories are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Russia and Ukraine. NYT 17 / 11 / 04 (US and 13 --other states AGREE we push to gather methane)