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Daily, the global consumption for more energy grows on a high demand. With oil and natural gas powering the engine rooms of major industries in the world today and in eventuality of any shortage in the supply of gas, usually impact on the global economy.
Nations have fought wars, but economic war is a difficult one to contend with as it poses multiple effect politically and economically. For instance, the dominance of Asia region by the Russia super power as the largest gas supplier in Europe is understandably correct hence monopolizing the gas supply to Europe and its environs cannot be overlooked as a cut in gas could affects Europe’s life and cause a breach of diplomatic ties between Europe and Russia as seen in the current war of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
No doubt, the world needs more than oil and an eco-friendly clean energy remains a considerably alternative to gas.
This nonetheless is achievable if collective efforts by government and companies initiate actions to halt the potential dangers posed by continuous gas flaring world over are sustained.
One would see that playing politics with issue of gas flaring by governments and multinationals will gravitate a downward spiral of events as activist of climate change believed that the earth is seated on a keg of gun powder and as such could face it’s own self destruction. This could be seen from several frightening reports on climate change and global warming.
Painstakingly, gas flaring does certainly have environmental consequences.
Globally, an average of 390 million tonnes of carbon monoxide are emitted primarily due to gas flaring activities. A most visible environmental sign of these emission is the resulting acidic rain, which acidifies surrounded streams, rivers and lakes, killing various species of wild life, plants and aquatic lives.
Furthermore, there are reported cases of health hazards with people living in close proximity to these gas flaring areas suffers severe health challenges such as bronchitis, rheumatic, leukemia and chest conditions which are in their opinion, clearly consistent with exposure to exhaust fumes from gas flaring.
Since the era of the industrial revolution and discovery of oil, industrialized nations had often increased demand for oil and gas. That demand is often linked to gas flaring activities in developing world reasons being the fact that, the government and companies have deliberately refused to invest in the infrastructure necessary to utilize the gas.
To tackle this menace, government, multinationals and industrialized nations of the world should of necessity, commence actions to change the narrative.
For instance, areas in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria with unlimited oil and gas reserves and continuous gas flaring, could be developed with infrastructure like the turbine power plant powered from gas and made to supply nonstop electricity to the nation. In this way, the expensive waste of gas flaring could be turned to an economic gain.