USA Today: Flaring natural gas turns ‘drill, baby, drill’ to ‘burn, baby, burn’

As Europe bakes, wildfires burn in the Arctic Circle and July is shaping up as Earth’s hottest month since record-keeping began in 1880, Americans are becoming more keenly aware of global warming. They increasingly recognize the need to reduce burning fossil fuels that generate heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

Wind and solar are now the fastest growing sources of electricity. Scores of cities, counties and states are setting clean energy goals. Electric car sales are inching higher. Green upstarts are working to capture methane as a renewable fuel from livestock manure and food waste, rather than let it slip into atmosphere.

It might come as a shock that amid this growing sense of planet accountability, oil companies are still allowed to pull billions of cubic feet of natural gas from the ground and simply set it on fire.

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