What to do? Your daughter commits herself to the climate movement. All of a sudden, she knows a lot more about the climate problem than you do. She starts fussing about your gas stove. Is she right?
Gas makes the climate crisis worse, just more slowly – I got this. But there is more. Looking for arguments, I discovered an unexpected side effect of “natural” gas. Actually, it is a main effect.
Healthwise “natural” gas is a more tricky than meets the eye. More tricky even my daughter was aware of. The problem is not explosions. That we would be able to solve with a simple bird.
Is gas still the cash cow of the future? My daughter says no. My neighbour Heinz chuckles: "Gas is the technology for years to come. Safe haven for investments!". What do finance experts say?
Officials announced a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-terminal project. Already the following weekend my daughter and her friends went there to hold up STOP-posters in front of TV cameras, and local people joined.
Pension funds are among the largest financiers of gas infrastructure projects. Really? Is that still a wise thing to do? And does it tally with their fiduciary duties?
It slowly dawns on me: the problem is not only my gas stove. How will this affect my pension? Directly or indirectly.
Hurray! I found a solution and there are allies. Also: what I can do (and Hannah will hug me)...
What I learned: We can contain the methane threat. The people in Europe who work on it already can use all the help they can get. Let's make climate heros!
If you get a reply from you pension fund explaining in technical jargon that what you asked for is not tricky/not possible, you may refer to this excellent study written by two financial experts from Denmark.
A message from famous US author Bill McKibben: "Gas infrastructure investments are going to get riskier and riskier as time goes on."
What is happening in Europe to contain the methane climate threat? Here are the news. Updated irregularly. Encouraging.
Guess how many good studies and articles on methane, gas, finances, and risks I found within a jiffey...
I looked for people and organizations that would be active against the methane threat. Never expected I would find so many