Op-eds and Columns

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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Green Philly: Philadelphians Must Protect Themselves from Climate Change

Recently, President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its latest move to undo commonsense environmental protections and further weaken federal efforts to slow climate change and its harmful effects on our planet and society. The EPA has proposed a rule rolling back oil and gas industry regulations on methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that’s a major contributor to climate change. This rollback must be stopped. If you agree, you can submit an official comment here.

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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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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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