CHINA - New Energy: Flammable Ice

Arno Froese

China has for the first time extracted gas from an ice-like substance under the South China Sea considered key to future global energy supply.

Chinese authorities have described the success as a major breakthrough.

Methane hydrates, also called “flammable ice,” hold vast reserves of natural gas.

What is ‘flammable ice’?

The catchy phrase describes a frozen mixture of water and gas.

“It looks like ice crystals but if you zoom in to a molecular level, you see that the methane molecules are caged in by the water molecules,” Associate Professor Praveen Linga from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore told the BBC.

By lowering the pressure or raising the temperature, the hydrates break down into water and methane—a lot of methane. One cubic meter of the compound releases about 160 cubic meters of gas, making it a highly energy-intensive fuel.

-www.bbc.com, 19 May 2017

Arno's commentary

Oil was, for many decades, called “black gold.” During the last few years, production of oil increased dramatically, particularly due to the US method of fracking. Subsequently, an oversupply occurred and depressed prices.

Nevertheless, The energy needs for the industrial world will continue to increase substantially. Particularly communist China, now the world’s largest motor vehicle market, will double, even triple its need in the not-too-distant future. That can be said for several other Asian countries, as well as for Africa. China seems to be on the forefront in attempting to harvest this new “flammable ice,” which is now called the “key to future global energy supply.”

This and many other new discoveries often contribute toward the belief that mankind can master and solve all his problems and secure a future. Such, however, is not the case, for the Bible has the last word. We read in Zechariah 8:22-23: “Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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