Op-eds and Columns

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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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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