Op-eds and Columns

Boulder Daily Camera Op-ed: Celebrate Father’s Day and the governor’s move to a more sustainable future

Hat tip to the dads in our lives and to Colorado’s head Dad, Gov. Jared Polis. Polis led the charge to expand opportunities and protections for Colorado kids and their future. As parents reviewing our state’s recent accomplishments our hearts are full of hope. It’s not just the obvious advancements like full-day kindergarten, which gives all of our kids a leg up, but several new policies helping Colorado’s kids, providing climate safety and security for the next generation.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: Oil, gas industry ready to partner on methane rules

As our state and Gov. (Michelle) Lujan Grisham’s administration begin a process to assess how to manage methane emissions, New Mexico’s oil and natural gas industry is a willing partner.

Each day, thousands of New Mexicans go to work in the oil and natural gas industry. Together these men and women drive New Mexico’s economy, working tirelessly to ensure New Mexico safely produces the energy we need to power our daily lives. Their hard work has provided New Mexico with a billion-dollar budget surplus, and more funds to support our public schools and roadways.

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The Hill Op-ed: The Trump administration must heed the call to cut methane

The law of holes states that when you find yourself in one, the first step toward getting out is to stop digging. But President Trump seems hell bent on digging us toward climate catastrophe, even as the hole’s ostensible beneficiaries — major oil and gas companies — urge his administration to stop.

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BCTV Op-ed: PA Could Benefit from New Federal Methane Bill

New federal legislation could help Pennsylvania reduce methane gas leaks from natural gas facilities.

Methane is considered one of the most potent greenhouse gases, and roughly 520,000 metric tons of the gas is leaked by oil and gas facilities in the state each year.

The Methane Waste Prevention Act of 2019 was introduced in the U.S. House on Tuesday by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.

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The Hill Op-ed: EPA should follow Colorado’s lead regulating oil and gas

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) is about to set a national precedent of the best kind: He will sign a law putting Coloradans’ public health, safety and welfare first when the state considers whether and how to permit oil and gas production.

When the “Protect Public Welfare Oil And Gas Operations” bill becomes law, it will also reinforce municipalities’ right to govern the oil and gas industry as they do other industries. Hard as it may be to believe, in every other significant oil and gas producing state the oil and gas industry’s interests come first.

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Morning Consult Op-ed: Will President Trump Listen to Big Oil on Climate? It’s Good Business

At an energy industry conference held in Houston recently, several major oil companies made man-bites-dog news when they announced support for federal climate rules requiring them to cut methane pollution.

ExxonMobil, BP and Equinor all explicitly endorsed the direct regulation of this potent greenhouse gas. Royal Dutch Shell went even further by calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to not only preserve but strengthen methane pollution standards for oil and gas operations in the United States.

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Houston Chronicle Op-ed: BP America chief: It’s essential that the EPA regulate methane emissions

This month, Houston once again played host to CERAWeek, the annual global energy conference that continues to grow in size and importance. Among the dozens of panel discussions attended by a record 6,000 participants, one of the most significant did not receive the attention it deserved.

Titled “Methane Emissions: Getting to Zero,” the panel included the CEO of BP’s global upstream business and the president of the Environmental Defense Fund, a leading nonprofit.

Both agreed that methane emissions must be controlled and advocated for direct federal regulation of methane from new and existing sources.

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Farmington Daily-Times Op-ed: Cutting methane is smart business for New Mexico’s economy

New Mexico has a real and growing problem with methane waste from oil and gas production that Governor Lujan Grisham is right to address. Leaks, venting and flaring from the tens of thousands of wells across New Mexico and in the Farmington area amount to hundreds of millions of dollars a year in lost profit and tens of millions more of lost revenue to the state.

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Pennsylvania Capital-Star Op-ed: Pennsylvania needs cap-and-trade. Here’s how to do that.

Pennsylvania stands at a historic crossroads. When state lawmakers return to session in mid-March, they’ll face several critical environmental policy decisions.

There’s a bill to bail out the nuclear industry, a proposed rule to reduce air pollution from existing oil and gas facilities, and a petition to adopt an economy-wide cap-and-trade program on carbon emissions, among others.

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Santa Fe New Mexican: National leadership on methane policy is critical

Common sense prevailed earlier this month when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the strongest climate executive orders in the nation, calling on the state’s agencies to quickly develop comprehensive statewide methane regulations to cut energy waste from the oil and gas industry and improve air quality.

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