Op-eds and Columns

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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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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Las Cruces Sun News: Time to cut methane pollution in New Mexico

Industry is distorting the truth about the dangers of methane pollution from oil and gas drilling just as Gov. Lujan Grisham’s administration is taking action to cut methane and other air toxics in New Mexico.

Now, industry — in particular, their leading statewide trade association, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association — hopes that by distorting public understanding about methane pollution and waste they can derail or delay efforts to address it.

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Las Cruces Sun News: Aztec, Durango mayors call for tough methane regulations

As elected officials in Durango, Colorado, and Aztec, New Mexico, we each serve communities that are very different. But what we have in common is a 2,500-square-mile problem that affects our shared economy, watershed and airshed. The Four Corners methane cloud is the largest source of methane pollution in North America and the reason why local, elected officials from New Mexico and Colorado are working together in support of strong, statewide methane regulations in New Mexico that will reduce this pollution and hold the oil and gas industry accountable.

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Forbes Op-ed: Can Fossil Fuel Companies Find A Place In A Climate-Friendly World?

We have to transform our energy system to avert the worst impacts of climate change. And if oil-and-gas companies want a place in that future, they must transform themselves—or else be consigned to history. Is it realistic to think fossil fuel companies could be part of the solution? Plenty of reasonable people say no, but I think constructive engagement with some in the industry can speed the transition. A few companies have taken meaningful steps in the right direction. To secure a place in the future, however, they need to think bigger and move faster.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: Industry must focus on methane reforms

The oil and gas industry is up to its old tricks again, trying to deceive us that it’s going to clean up rampant methane pollution and waste from oil and gas production. But before I shed light on the oil and gas disinformation machine, let’s keep our eye on the ball: New Mexico can and should be a national leader that puts people over polluters by keeping methane and other air pollutants out of New Mexico’s beautiful skies.

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