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On Thursday's Ship Report, we talk more about the natural gas fire in the Gulf of Mexico. This fire is hot enough to melt steel, and it is slowly destroying the rig attached to the gas well. I started thinking about how hot it would have to be to actually melt steel, so we'll talk about temperatures - and also about methane in general. It turns out that melting arctic ice, not gas mining, could soon release massive quantities of this greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. This could rapidly accelerate the effects of climate change on Earth. The USCG photo below shows the gas rig in flames. Podcast at www.shipreport.net.
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