Op-eds and Columns

Financial Times Op-ed: How Biden should meet his promise to cut fossil fuel emissions

As President Joe Biden looks to fulfil his commitments to address the oil and gas industry’s climate pollution, cutting the sector’s methane industry must become a key pillar of his strategy. Methane is a greenhouse gas 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, but remains in the atmosphere 12 years versus 100 years for carbon dioxide, and the fracking boom has led to a spike in levels of the gas, according to studies by the European Geosciences Union and NASA. Removing methane will provide more time to deal with longer lived climate pollutants like carbon dioxide. In order to do so, President Biden’s early steps should include using the power available to him under existing US law to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas production by 65 percent within the next five years.

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Houston Chronicle Op-ed: Op-Ed: America’s Independent Oil And Gas Producers Support Methane Regulations

As a new Congress and administration prepare to enter office with historic economic turmoil, the federal government must find a way to square campaign promises with reality. The Biden campaign promised “the most aggressive climate agenda ever put forth by a leading U.S. presidential candidate.” The American Exploration and Production Council (AXPC), a national trade association representing the largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States, stands ready to work collaboratively with the incoming administration to achieve meaningful action to address climate change, including on the critical issue of methane.

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The Hill Op-ed: Methane is more dangerous than carbon dioxide — the gas index can help

This month witnessed the launch of the first-ever “Gas Index”, which ranks American metropolitan areas on the leakiness of the gas supply chains that service their cities. This new index — which Burlington, Vt., ranks in the middle of — takes into account methane leakage across the full life cycle of fossil gas, from oil and gas production areas, to gas transmission pipelines and distribution within cities.

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The Bismarck Tribune LTE: Biden administration should reinstate methane standards

With a new year will come a new presidential administration, and with the new administration my group, Fort Berthold POWER, sees many opportunities to improve the land, water, and air on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and the rest of western North Dakota. One action that I urge the Biden administration to take right away is to reinstate the Obama era methane standards.

The methane standards control the emissions from oil and gas development, while reducing the waste of natural gas. Oil industry giants like Exxon and Equinor support the methane standards because they also understand the need to reduce harmful emissions that contribute to climate change.

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Pennsylvania Capital Star Op-ed: Climate change is affecting us all, increasingly those of us in Philadelphia

There is reason for hope on federal methane policy next year as we all seek to turn the page on a devastating and traumatic 2020.

Right now, the Trump administration’s senseless and unconscionable attack on effective rules to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry is being challenged in federal court, and the Biden administration will rightfully treat the climate crisis as an existential threat, not a hoax.

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The Philadelphia Citizen Op-ed: A Return to Environmental Protection

This time next year representatives from across the globe will be returning from the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, postponed by a full year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

COP26 should be an ambitious time for the United States to announce new commitments toward avoiding the worst effects of climate change. Luckily, by COP26, the United States will have reentered the Paris Climate Agreement in conjunction with President-elect Joe Biden’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer LTE: More efforts needed to locate and cap abandoned oil and gas wells

Since 2013, as my interest and knowledge about the environment has grown, I’ve also become aware of methane’s destructive greenhouse gas effect. Methane can come from our nation’s energy and agricultural practices, but one less obvious source are “orphan wells.”

Orphan wells are oil and gas wells which were abandoned for various reasons. Once abandoned, many were not properly capped, leading to methane and carbon dioxide leaks. According to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report, the United States has about 3.2 million abandoned U.S. oil and gas wells, about one-third of them capped.

EPA estimates the wells emitted roughly 218 kilotons of methane in 2018, the latest year measured. This number could be much higher due to incomplete data.

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Forbes Op-ed: Methane Is Low-Hanging Fruit For Biden

At present, it seems clear that a Biden Presidency is imminent and, while I’m sure he is receiving lots of advice on energy and the environment, much of it unwanted, I will take this opportunity to put in my ten cents worth. (Used to be two cents, but, inflation.)

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The Hill Op-ed: Colorado and New Mexico governors must walk the talk on climate and energy

It’s undeniable that if we have any chance of confronting the climate crisis, we have to transition away from reliance on coal, oil and gas. That includes phasing out both our supply and demand for fossil fuels.

Yet in spite of this unmistakable reality, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham — both self-proclaimed climate champions — want to keep their states dangerously reliant on oil and gas extraction. Both governors need to wake up and acknowledge the fact that they can’t have it both ways.

In a recent op-ed by the governors, they excoriated the Trump administration for rolling back climate safeguards. At the same time, they extolled the oil and gas industry and fracking in their states, citing initiatives to reduce methane — a potent greenhouse gas — from the oil and gas industry.

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Common Dreams Op-ed: New Mexico Has the Opportunity to Enact Some of the Best Oil-and-Gas Pollution Rules in the Nation. It Shouldn’t Squander It.

This summer, as massive wildfires raged across the west, destroying towns and cities and forcing hundreds of thousands of Americans to evacuate their homes, the Trump Administration finalized its latest environmental rollback, repealing regulations designed to reduce methane pollution from oil-and-gas wells. The consequences of this rollback will be dire.  Methane, the main component of natural gas, is an extremely potent greenhouse gas, more than 80 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide in the first 20 years after it is emitted. Oil-and-gas operations release vast quantities of this super-pollutant, along with smog-forming fumes and cancer-causing toxics also present in raw natural gas.

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