Op-eds and Columns

Trib Live Op-ed: Curbing emissions benefits all Pennsylvanians

Pennsylvanians realize that natural gas plays a significant role in the state’s economy. However, the state’s energy resources should be developed responsibly by minimizing natural gas waste and air pollution from new and existing oil and gas infrastructure.

To that end, we applaud the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf as it enters into a rulemaking process that seeks to cut emissions of methane and other air pollutants from the thousands of existing sources of pollution spanning oil and gas development and transmission.

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Bloomberg Op-ed: Methane Rules Are Good for the Energy Industry

Everywhere you look, it seems there’s another ad trying to persuade people that natural gas is the key to a clean energy future. The American Petroleum Institute (API) is running a seven-figure campaign touting its climate benefits, despite the fact that natural gas is a fossil fuel with a significant carbon footprint.

The industry conducts misleading campaigns like this one because pressure to reduce greenhouse emissions is building. People are coming to realize that we need a 100% clean economy, and they increasingly want pollution-free energy.

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Santa Fe New Mexican Op-ed: Speak up about methane

When Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham directed the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department to develop regulations that reduce the amount of methane emissions from New Mexico’s biggest industry, we knew it would be a heavy lift. But this effort is critical for the health of New Mexico’s environment, climate, citizens and economy.

We are pleased to announce a significant milestone has been reached in reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas industry. After months of hard work and hours of meetings, the Methane Advisory Panel draft report is ready for public review and comment through Feb. 20.

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The Philadelphia Citizen Op-ed: Say No To Methane

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator Andrew Wheeler wants to gut critical measures that reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry and help curb the climate crisis. Hundreds of thousands of people, including nine members of the Pennsylvania delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senator Bob Casey, sent comments to the EPA during the 60-day-comment period expressing their opposition to this reckless rollback.

The truth is that methane emissions cause 25 percent of the impacts from the climate crisis seen today. Methane traps heat and is 87 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over the first 20 years after it’s released into our atmosphere. Warming temperatures and increased precipitation fueled by climate changing methane create ideal conditions for extreme weather to develop.

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Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Op-ed: Protect Coloradans by adopting uniform rules on harmful emissions

On Dec. 17, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will decide whether to adopt important updates to rules designed to reduce methane and ozone emissions from oil and gas operations throughout Colorado. This is an important moment for those of us living on the West Slope, where air pollution protections are not as strong as they are on the Front Range.

Fortunately, the state is proposing a stronger set of statewide rules that will go a long way in protecting the health of all Coloradans and our climate for those on both sides of the continental divide. Statewide standards are needed because the impacts of oil and gas development on air quality are the same throughout the state. Drilling, storage, disposal and transport of oil and gas releases the same exact pollutants, no matter where that activity is located.

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The Hill Op-ed: Natural gas: Is it a bridge or roadblock?

Is natural gas a bridge or a roadblock to a clean energy future? That’s a vital question now that roughly half of Democratic presidential candidates support a ban on fracking, which is used to produce two-thirds of U.S. natural gas.

Even candidates who oppose a ban agree that the United States should aim for net-zero emissions overall by 2050 or sooner.

So far, the pursuit of net-zero has been far too slow, but natural gas has played a helpful role. American emissions of climate-warming gases have fallen roughly 15 percent from their peak. Replacing coal with natural gas for electricity contributed about a third of that reduction.

Whether natural gas helps or hurts the quest for further reductions will depend on two things: How we get it and how we use it.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: State should stand up with methane rules

Just a few weeks ago, thousands of students in New Mexico and millions of students around the world went on strike, calling on adults to act to curb the stark impacts of global climate change. I was one of them.

Not surprisingly, rather than acting to curb the crisis, the Trump administration continues to act in total contempt of our planet, our communities and our future. Now his EPA is proposing the gutting of rules to stop methane pollution and waste saying it doesnft have the authority to regulate these pollutants.

Methane is the most harmful greenhouse gas and is one of the worst byproducts of the oil boom here in New Mexico, and it spews out of these facilities with a host of other contaminants that hurt our health.

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Bismarck Tribune Op-ed: Regulation rollback threatens health

Last month, I joined citizens from across the country in Dallas, Texas, to testify against Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s proposal to eliminate direct regulation of methane from the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards, a proposal which would remove pollution standards for the oil and gas industry and put communities like mine in danger. If the proposal is finalized, the production, transmission, and storage of gas in North Dakota would have no methane emissions standards. As a proud member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, whose ancestors are buried in Mandaree and Fort Berthold, I feel a powerful connection to this land, and I am deeply disturbed by the EPA’s efforts to undermine the pollution standards that keep my community safe.

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Santa Fe New Mexican Op-ed: Our environment is endangered

Last week, when the Trump administration began its formal withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the president sent a clear signal to the rest of the world:

The United States government once again will surrender its standing as a global leader, leaving state and local citizens and leaders to take up the mantle of climate action in this country.

Our environment is endangered. Our land, our air and water are imperiled by the effects of climate change. We do not have the luxury of inaction.

Carlsbad Current-Argus Op-ed: My thoughts on “New Mexico Governor Praises Oil Industry for Opportunities”

As a member of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, and Moms Clean Air Force, I have joined moms and kids from across New Mexico in demanding accountability from the State to have more oversight of the oil and gas industries.

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