Op-eds and Columns

Santa Fe New Mexican Op-ed: Sensible methane regulations will protect New Mexico’s great outdoors

I am a resident of New Mexico for many reasons. Access to our incredible public lands is at the top of that list. I live a quick and winding drive down the road from the Santa Fe National Forest. This past year, it was impossible to escape the summer’s 28 days of smoke from the Medio Fire that ravaged some of my favorite places to recreate. Unfortunately, these fires will become more and more common if we don’t start actively addressing climate change. As a resident of Santa Fe and an owner of an outdoor recreation business, I feel a responsibility to demand our state government address the methane problem that is severely damaging the air we breathe and the public lands that make this home so special.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-Ed: Methane Regs Key To Saving Outdoor Recreation

To keep New Mexico’s air clean and protect the outdoor recreation businesses that are core to the New Mexican economy, we need strong rules to reduce air and climate pollution. As we all dig out of the current economic crisis, it’s more important now than ever to maintain New Mexico’s iconic outdoor brand and continue to grow clean jobs in our outdoor recreation industry.

As you may already know, New Mexico has a methane waste and oil and gas air pollution problem. Methane is a powerful climate change pollutant responsible for 25% of the warming we experience today, and New Mexico is a primary source of our nation’s methane pollution. While we work to promote our unique cultural heritage along with our climbing, hiking, biking, fishing, skiing and rafting – along with many other outstanding outdoor activities – New Mexico also is increasingly known as the nation’s leading methane hot spot.

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Columbus Dispatch LTE: Ohio’s leaky oil and gas wells emitting dangerous methane

Ohio is no stranger to oil and gas drilling, as we have more than 58,000 active oil and gas wells.

In late January, the Biden Administration implemented an executive order that paused oil and gas leasing on federal lands. However, suspending leasing does not address the current well sites that are actively leaking methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide, meaning it contributes significantly to global warming in the short-term.

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The Hill Op-ed: Fossil fuel pollution is killing people in the US and abroad

That’s the chilling conclusion reached by a new peer-reviewed study from Harvard University and University College London. Researchers found that more than 8.7 million people around the world died from exposure to particulate matter from fossil fuel emissions in 2018.

The findings bring new understanding and urgency to the immediate global health threat caused by climate change and our world’s continued reliance on high-polluting fossil fuels.

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The Hill Op-ed: Fossil fuel pollution is killing people in the US and abroad

That’s the chilling conclusion reached by a new peer-reviewed study from Harvard University and University College London. Researchers found that more than 8.7 million people around the world died from exposure to particulate matter from fossil fuel emissions in 2018.

The findings bring new understanding and urgency to the immediate global health threat caused by climate change and our world’s continued reliance on high-polluting fossil fuels.

For the Biden administration and policymakers worldwide, it must be a wakeup call. Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels isn’t just about protecting future generations from looming threats and projections — it’s about saving lives right now. Our actions — both domestic and internationally — must reflect that urgency.

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Erie News-Times Op-ed: No to fracking, no to export terminal

As Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents, we thank the governors of the Delaware River Basin Compact for voting on Feb. 25 to ban hydraulic fracking permanently from the Delaware Valley — a great boost to the public’s enjoyment of the scenic beauty of the Delaware River, protection of water quality for 17 million people and the river’s future for tourism and commerce.

This vote represents the culmination of a decade’s work by dedicated Americans who oppose fracking as a danger to the river, and our states. However, President Biden’s representative abstained. We wonder why.

Natural gas, methane, is many times more warming of the Earth than even CO2. Avoiding methane prevents a worse climate crisis than we already have.

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Des Moines Register Op-ed: Gas Is Too Risky For Our Climate Future

Last month’s polar vortex and other extreme weather events from the past year in Iowa and nationally have shown us the risks of continuing to rely on fossil fuels. As fuel lines froze, large volumes of gas and coal power plants were not able to operate during extreme cold putting millions at risk. Massive power outages caused millions of people, from here in Iowa down to Texas, to survive against the raw elements.

Some suffered and died due to hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning, or fires caused by burning their own belongings for warmth. While some renewables were also forced offline, clean energy was largely more reliable than fossil fuels during this crisis.

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The Times Leader LTE: Local natural gas explosion marks anniversary

February marks three years since the devastating explosion and blowout of a natural gas well in Belmont County, Ohio.

XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, was responsible for this tragedy. Sixty-thousand tons of methane were emitted from this incident, (more than many European countries release in an entire year), marking it as one of the worst methane leaks in U.S. history.

Methane is a greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to global warming as it is 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide.

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The Telegram News LTE: Encouraged by renewable energy alternatives

Appalachians are no strangers to natural gas and oil wells — Eastern Ohio has 2,317 shale wells, and 495 more were permitted for drilling as of 2018. This energy source comes at a high environmental cost, however, with methane emitted as a byproduct of these processes. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide and contributes significantly to global warming. These air contaminants can also cause health implications such as dizziness, nausea, and respiratory problems.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op-ed: Closing Loopholes In Methane Rule Can Improve Public Health

The administration of President Joe Biden has in its first week initiated action to tackle climate change, including re-entering the Paris climate accord and revoking a vital permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline project. One of the key ways to bolster this health-protective agenda is for the federal government to take steps to reduce methane emissions from fossil fuel production, referenced near the top of the Biden executive order on climate.

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