Op-eds and Columns

Denver Post Op-ed: Trump’s Methane Rule Rollback Burns The Natural Gas Bridge

This summer’s statistics on electricity use and generation included a significant gem: Over the last 12 months, power generation from coal has dropped to a three-decade low. That was party-worthy news for the climate, for air quality, for folks who live near power plants and for the natural gas industry, which is partly responsible for coal’s decline. Just days later, however, the Trump administration crashed the shindig, causing a major buzzkill.

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Deseret News Op-ed: There’s nothing conservative about methane waste

The Trump administration’s decision to scrap commonsense limits on the wasteful venting and flaring of natural gas on our public lands is a blatant betrayal of fiscal responsibility and commonsense stewardship. There is nothing conservative about waste, especially methane waste that costs taxpayers a bundle and pollutes the very air we breathe.

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Bloomberg Op-ed: Big Oil Worries About Methane, Even If Trump Doesn’t

Methane matters.

It matters because, while carbon dioxide gets most of the attention, methane is a far more powerful greenhouse gas — a staggering 84 times more potent at trapping heat for at least 20 years after it’s been released into the atmosphere.1  It is thus important to reduce methane emissions as part of the broader fight against climate change. The good news is that it’s an effort that doesn’t require radical behavioral changes. It’s a manageable task.

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The Hill Op-ed: Trump and the deep divide on environmental quality

In the latest rollback of Obama-era pollution rules, last week the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to ease restrictions on methane emissions from oil and gas companies. The move is expected to save the industry tens of millions of dollars but also increase the risk of premature death, according to the EPA’s own accounting, as more of the potent greenhouse gas accumulates in the atmosphere.

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The Hill Op-ed: Weakening methane standards means putting workers at risk

The benefits of reducing methane leaks from the oil and gas sector are numerous, far-reaching, and undeniable. Reducing leaks reduces energy waste, protects workers and communities, spurs significant job creation, and helps combat climate change and air pollution.

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Billings Gazette Op-ed: Don’t allow methane waste

It has come to my attention that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and their federal agencies are helping ensure that the oil and gas industry can continue to carelessly leak millions of tons of methane pollution and chemicals into our air.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: Our state’s a hotspot and not the good kind

In 2014, NASA spotted a methane cloud over the San Juan Valley so large you can see it from outer space. That hot spot retains the title of highest concentration of methane gas found anywhere in the United States. In 2015, consulting firm ICF International ranked New Mexico as No. 1 in methane waste and calculated the cost of our waste at $27 million. The 570,000 tons of methane lost through leaking, venting and flaring each year are enough to heat every home in our state.

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KRWG Public Media Op-ed: Trump Administration Attacks on Methane Safeguards Threaten New Mexico Families, Add to Pollution

Commentary: Today, Moms Clean Air Force released a new report: “Face to Face with Oil and Gas: Voices from the Front Lines of Oil and Gas Pollution”. The report highlights the scope and diversity of the public health impacts that oil and gas pollution have on the well-being of families across the country, in both urban and rural areas, living near and far from oil and gas operations. It is unconscionable that our federal government wants to weaken or revoke safeguards that protect our children from this industrial pollution.

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Casper Star Tribune Op-ed: Regional, state action on methane shows bipartisan sensibility of waste reduction efforts

A few weeks ago, Democratic and Republican governors from across the West, including Wyoming’s Governor Matt Mead, announced their agreement that there are environmental and economic benefits to reducing methane emissions from oil and gas development and opportunities for the beneficial use of this natural gas resource.

The Times-Tribune Op-ed: Stop leaks from gas wells

Methane is the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry is a major methane emitter. Recently Gov. Tom Wolf took steps to reduce methane leakage from new natural gas industry sources. Now he must keep his promise to reduce methane leakage from existing sources.

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