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.
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 doesnft 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.