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Overall, the potential resource base for methanol is huge, because it can be made from any organic material, including biomass. This is an important way to mitigate climate change issues because of the uptake of the carbon dioxide by plants, making the net C~ emission zero. It can also be made from waste, which becomes more important with every new landfill required.

Because of the favorable economics, at present almost all methanol is produced from natural gas, although there is a coal-to-methanol plant in Tennessee. It is also a way of utilizing the gas in remote fields because tankers can ship the liquid methanol product a lot easier and with less cost than building a pipeline to transport the gas.

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