Correctamundo, CH4 is still carbon, and the methadone analogy is apt. However, leaving coal for gas that pollutes less than half as much is a huge step; a temporary bridge that gets us to solar and other solutions in decades ahead. With any luck, China and other Asian coal addicts will follow suit...especially if we refuse to ship them the vast new portions of Wyoming public lands that they want from us.<quoted text>Fracking a boon? Yes, it does seem fracking is curiously winning over a slowly-growing fan base among the Greenies. Sure, it's producing more effective progress in carbon reduction than the Euro-socialist carbon tax-and-trade schemes ... but at the cost of what other, more immediate and perhaps permanent, environmental damage? And it's really only carbon Methadone treatment - extending society's addiction to carbon-based fossil fuels ... It seems this whole "battle" you refer to isn't actually a righteous crusade to avert planet-wide environmental catastrophe for you, but merely the latest trendy flag of convenience under which you can tilt against your favorite windmill - EEEEeevul Big Ooooooiiilllll!!!
As for eeevul big oil, it wasn't always thus, and some companies such as Statoil, Shell and Conoco are actually headed in the right direction. However, most of the industry is national governments of sweet, altruistic nations like Iran, Russia, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Venezuela. For someone complaining about "socialist-statists" , you choose odd bedfellows.
Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes, by the way. Hope yours was as fun as mine.