Op-eds and Columns

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op-ed: What Trump’s EPA chief won’t tell you at tomorrow’s shale conference

Tomorrow, Andrew Wheeler, the acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Trump, will address a crowd of oil and gas enthusiasts at the annual Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh.

This is not the first Mr. Wheeler, who was a coal lobbyist before he took the helm at the EPA, has rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names in the oil and gas industry. In July, as part of his first order of business, he met with and toured a facility belonging to Range Resources — the largest oil and gas operator in Pennsylvania — where he touted the industry’s positive impact on the economy.

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The Colorado Sun Op-ed: The Interior Department is hurting Colorado’s air quality

The U.S. Department of Interior recently finalized rollbacks to the Bureau of Land Management Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. The rule effectively reduces the waste of energy resources on federal and tribal lands, ensures a fair return to local governments and American taxpayers and mitigates air pollution. To gut the rule, as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has done, not only defies common sense, but also ignores the thousands of American citizens and stakeholders who supported the rule’s development and have fought for it to be kept in place.

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Morning Consult Op-ed: Methane Rollbacks Mean More Waste, Less Revenue and More Pollution

American energy is thriving. This year, the United States became the world’s leading producer of both oil and natural gas. However, the United States is now a laggard when it comes to ensuring we develop our energy resources responsibly and avoid waste.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: New Mexico Leaders, Industry Must Step Up

It’s been a tough few weeks for New Mexico’s clean air and taxpayers. Like a one-two punch, the Trump administration has moved to roll back Environmental Protection Agency standards designed to protect our air from methane and related oil and gas air pollution. Meanwhile, the federal Bureau of Land Management finalized its repeal of methane waste prevention rules specifically designed to cut the $330 million worth of wasted natural gas – primarily made up of methane – lost from federal and tribal lands every year. Nowhere will these rollbacks hit harder than in New Mexico.

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Durango Herald Op-ed: Trump steamrolls the West

You can’t see it when gazing up at the southwestern sky, but our community lies under one of the largest concentrations of methane pollution in the country.

Using satellite and ground-monitoring technology, NASA discovered an ominous red cloud of methane – caused in large part by oil and gas drilling – in the Four Corners.

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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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