American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” 2019 found that, in 2015-2017, more cities had high days of ozone and short-term particle pollution compared to 2014-2016 and many cities measured increased levels of year-round particle pollution. The “State of the Air” 2019 report shows that too many cities across the nation increased the number of days when particle pollution, often called “soot,” soared to often record-breaking levels. More cities suffered from higher numbers of days when ground-level ozone, also known as “smog,” reached unhealthy levels. Many cities saw their year-round levels of particle pollution increase as well.
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.
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.