Japan to mine “flammable ice” for energy

natural gas

How crazy is this?

Fifty-five million years ago the world’s climate was catastrophically changed when volcanoes melted natural gas frozen in the seabed. Now Japan plans to drill for the same icy crystals to end its reliance on imported energy.

The trick is extracting it without damaging the environment.

Well, yeah.. How can this possibly be done safely and without releasing enormous amounts of greenhouse gases and destroying the natural balance of the ocean?

As energy gets scarcer, we will see more bizarre plans like this, trying to extract energy from the strangest places, cost and risk be damned.