Houston Chronicle: An EPA policy so harmful, even big oil opposes it

Recently, a group called Texans for Natural Gas took the city of Houston to task for not including its namesake fuel in a proposed climate action plan. ‘No climate plan for Houston can be considered legitimate unless it utilizes an abundant, clean burning, and Texas made fuel like natural gas,’ the group’s online petition reads. It’s true that when used to fuel power plants, gas produces about half the carbon dioxide than coal, which is why using it as a bridge to transition more fully to renewable energy sources makes sense. Texas has enjoyed a boom in the production of natural gas thanks to hydraulic fracturing and horizontal-drilling technologies. But natural gas has an Achilles’ heel that must be addressed if the industry wants to be considered a viable part of any climate change strategy: methane emissions.

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The News Herald Op-ed: Trump’s EPA keeps trashing the planet

In the face of any serious and growing problem, three options are available: You can do more to solve it. You could do the same things you’ve been doing. Or you could do things to make it worse.

When it comes to combating climate change, the Trump administration cannot be accused of foot-dragging. The problem is that it is marching briskly in the worst possible direction.

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Bloomberg Op-ed: Why Companies Reject Trump’s Deregulation Theology

Here is a puzzle about some of the Donald Trump administration’s most prominent deregulatory efforts: The very companies that are supposed to benefit from those efforts do not welcome them. In some cases, they strenuously oppose them.

Chicago Sun Times Op-ed: Trump in denial of climate change

Last month was the hottest month is recorded history.

Catastrophic climate change is already costing tens of billions in damage, displacing more and more people, causing more and more casualties from California fires to the increasing force of hurricanes, the spread of desert and drought.

It is real, accelerating and poses what literally is an existential threat.

And the commander-in-chief of the most powerful nation in the world remains in denial.

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Chicago Sun Times Op-ed: Trump in denial of climate change

Last month was the hottest month is recorded history.

Catastrophic climate change is already costing tens of billions in damage, displacing more and more people, causing more and more casualties from California fires to the increasing force of hurricanes, the spread of desert and drought.

It is real, accelerating and poses what literally is an existential threat.

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Bismarck Tribune: North Dakota needs to find moral compass

North Dakota seems to be losing its way in key areas: care of the elderly, the environment and the oversight of government, to name a few. Our moral compass has gotten out of whack.

This year has seen a number of instances in which our leaders have failed us.

The state has allowed flaring to get out of control. Instead of the oil industry meeting the goal of 12% of natural gas flared, the percentage soared to 24%. There were lengthy explanations for why it happened, but no reasons for why it wasn’t prevented.

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Washington Post: Even The Fossil-Fuel Industry Doesn’t Like The EPA’s Methane Rollback

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S Environmental Protection Agency moved Thursday to lift limits on potent greenhouse gas emissions from the drilling and transportation of natural gas, a major fuel source for electric power plants, heating systems and industrial processes. Not only would this be bad for the environment, but also it might well do more harm than good for the fossil-fuel industry.

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Truth Out Op-ed: EPA Moves to Loosen Methane Rules as Trump Opens Alaskan Rainforest

Stop signs — perhaps the most ubiquitous form of taxpayer-funded socialism found in the U.S. today — exist for a reason. People who barge through them are putting others in active danger, and anyone doing it deliberately would be considered a fool and a menace by pretty much everyone else.

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Washington Post Op-ed: Trump’s enthusiasm for pollution is too much for even the oil industry

July was the hottest month recorded on Earth since record-keeping began, an occurrence the Trump administration has responded to by deciding that the world needs more greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, it is so determined to accelerate global warming that even the oil companies — yes, the oil companies — are saying, “Whoa there, let’s just dial it back on the pollution, okay?”

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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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