Editorials

The New York Times: Nature Roars. Washington Hears Nothing.

As if this past summer of merciless heat waves, droughts and megafires were not warning enough, in the past several days the elements sounded another alarm about the state of a world made warmer by the burning of fossil fuels. It came in the form of a one-two punch of wind and rainfall from Hurricane Florence, which like Hurricane Harvey a year ago, has derived much of its wallop from unusually warm ocean waters and stalled weather systems linked to climate change. “Supercharged” is the word one prominent climate scientist, Michael Mann, used to describe Florence, echoing the findings of the federal Global Change report in 2014 that, along with a rise in other extreme weather events, “hurricane intensity and rainfall are projected to increase as the climate continues to warm.”

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Akron Beacon Journal: Trump’s risky retreat on methane emissions

Santa Fe New Mexican: Tough methane regulations protect planet, people

It’s impossible to know just how much damage will be done to the land, water and air over the next few years, all in the name of deregulation, improving the business climate or creating jobs. But make no mistake, damage is being done.

USA Today: As Hurricane Florence creeps in, Trump seeks stormy deregulation

Climate change is juicing natural disasters, so why ease drilling restrictions and allow even more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere?

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New York Daily News: Foul air in Washington: Trump’s EPA lets methane leaks loose

If carbon dioxide from tailpipes and power plants is public enemy No. 1 in the war on climate change, then stinky methane, each ton with the global-warming power of 25 tons of CO2, ranks high on the most-wanted list.

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Central Maine: Natural gas is not as clean as we’ve been led to believe

The study on methane emissions by the Environmental Defense Fund, as reported in a Washington Post story published in this paper June 22 (“Study says methane leaks offset natural gas benefits,” Page A3), should be a wake-up call to homeowners, business persons and municipal officials in Maine, who are considering heating options for their buildings or communities.

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The Columbus Dispatch: Natural gas changes merit Earth Day celebration

While natural gas burns cleaner than coal, it also poses environmental risks because it consists primarily of methane, a greenhouse gas responsible for a quarter of global warming.

Some of the risk can be mitigated with better controls on leaks of methane into the atmosphere from wells and storage tanks, and the Kasich administration is a recognized leader in ensuring that happens — at least for newer facilities.

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Billings Gazette: Methane waste debate flares again

Gas that leaks or flares from America’s public lands benefits no one. That’s why regulations to prevent waste can provide broad benefits.

Contrary to that common sense conclusion, the Trump administration has been trying to undo waste prevention rules finalized at the end of 2016 after years of public comment and study.

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The Canton Repository: Well explosion reignites concern over methane

About three weeks ago, a natural gas well exploded and caught fire in southeastern Ohio’s Belmont County. According to a report from the Associated Press, the newly drilled well was being readied for production for XTO Energy when an incident occurred — a plume of gas and brine rising into the air before igniting.

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San Antonio Express-News: Court blocks Trump on methane

One promising hallmark of President Donald Trump’s tenure has been the ability of federal courts to check his administration’s impulsive actions.

A recent appeals court ruling on methane emissions is an important example. By a 2-1 margin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s 90-day suspension of new methane emissions standards for oil and gas wells.

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