Pittsburgh Tribune Review Op-ed: Joseph Otis Minott: Biden must prioritize health of Pa. citizens

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on pace to propose new standards for methane and other volatile organic compound (VOC) pollution from oil and gas facilities by September 2021. Next month, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., will attempt to use the 1996 Congressional Review Act to undo the Trump administration’s reckless dismantling of the 2016 New Source Performance Standards for oil and gas facilities. This was the first ever federal standard for methane and volatile organic compound leakage from new oil and gas facilities.

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TribLIVE Op-ed: Biden must prioritize health of Pa. citizens

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on pace to propose new standards for methane and other volatile organic compound (VOC) pollution from oil and gas facilities by September 2021. Next month, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., will attempt to use the 1996 Congressional Review Act to undo the Trump administration’s reckless dismantling of the 2016 New Source Performance Standards for oil and gas facilities. This was the first ever federal standard for methane and volatile organic compound leakage from new oil and gas facilities.

We need President Biden and EPA Administrator Michael Regan to prioritize the health of Pennsylvanians when establishing these much needed public health and air pollution standards. The Pennsylvania Department of Public Health recently concluded that, “Air pollution is one of the greatest health challenges in Pennsylvania.”

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette LTE: Minimize pollution

Now is the time to make sure that Pennsylvania residents and workers are protected from the oil and gas industry and receive needed government funding to expand renewable energy and increase resilience to the increasing effects of climate change.

The Biden administration has committed to propose new standards for methane and volatile organic compound leakage from new and existing oil and gas facilities by September. The administration has also raised the social cost of carbon to $51 a ton compared with the Trump administration’s low of $1. The Methane Emissions Reduction Act has been proposed in the Senate to establish a fee system starting at $1,800 per ton of methane from the oil and gas industry to benefit the National Coastal Resilience Fund or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette LTE: Minimize pollution

Now is the time to make sure that Pennsylvania residents and workers are protected from the oil and gas industry and receive needed government funding to expand renewable energy and increase resilience to the increasing effects of climate change.

The Biden administration has committed to propose new standards for methane and volatile organic compound leakage from new and existing oil and gas facilities by September. The administration has also raised the social cost of carbon to $51 a ton compared with the Trump administration’s low of $1. The Methane Emissions Reduction Act has been proposed in the Senate to establish a fee system starting at $1,800 per ton of methane from the oil and gas industry to benefit the National Coastal Resilience Fund or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The administration directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider a proposed fossil fuel pipeline’s contribution to climate change. FERC also recently unanimously voted to reconsider a 1999 policy statement that guides how the commission approves gas infrastructure.

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Columbus Dispatch Op-ed: “We cannot achieve social justice without environmental and climate justice.”

Ohio has experienced more than 18,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic and continually feels the ripples of police violence through the deaths of Casey Goodson Jr., Julius Tate and Andre Hill in our state capital — all while the pervasive threat of climate change still looms over the planet.

For some, this past year has highlighted extreme vulnerabilities in our economic, political and social systems. For others in marginalized communities, the disproportionate impact of social and environmental inequities and inequalities are part of everyday life.

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Santa Fe New Mexican Op-ed: Sensible methane regulations will protect New Mexico’s great outdoors

I am a resident of New Mexico for many reasons. Access to our incredible public lands is at the top of that list. I live a quick and winding drive down the road from the Santa Fe National Forest. This past year, it was impossible to escape the summer’s 28 days of smoke from the Medio Fire that ravaged some of my favorite places to recreate. Unfortunately, these fires will become more and more common if we don’t start actively addressing climate change. As a resident of Santa Fe and an owner of an outdoor recreation business, I feel a responsibility to demand our state government address the methane problem that is severely damaging the air we breathe and the public lands that make this home so special.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-Ed: Methane Regs Key To Saving Outdoor Recreation

To keep New Mexico’s air clean and protect the outdoor recreation businesses that are core to the New Mexican economy, we need strong rules to reduce air and climate pollution. As we all dig out of the current economic crisis, it’s more important now than ever to maintain New Mexico’s iconic outdoor brand and continue to grow clean jobs in our outdoor recreation industry.

As you may already know, New Mexico has a methane waste and oil and gas air pollution problem. Methane is a powerful climate change pollutant responsible for 25% of the warming we experience today, and New Mexico is a primary source of our nation’s methane pollution. While we work to promote our unique cultural heritage along with our climbing, hiking, biking, fishing, skiing and rafting – along with many other outstanding outdoor activities – New Mexico also is increasingly known as the nation’s leading methane hot spot.

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Columbus Dispatch LTE: Ohio’s leaky oil and gas wells emitting dangerous methane

Ohio is no stranger to oil and gas drilling, as we have more than 58,000 active oil and gas wells.

In late January, the Biden Administration implemented an executive order that paused oil and gas leasing on federal lands. However, suspending leasing does not address the current well sites that are actively leaking methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide, meaning it contributes significantly to global warming in the short-term.

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The Hill Op-ed: Fossil fuel pollution is killing people in the US and abroad

That’s the chilling conclusion reached by a new peer-reviewed study from Harvard University and University College London. Researchers found that more than 8.7 million people around the world died from exposure to particulate matter from fossil fuel emissions in 2018.

The findings bring new understanding and urgency to the immediate global health threat caused by climate change and our world’s continued reliance on high-polluting fossil fuels.

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The Hill Op-ed: Fossil fuel pollution is killing people in the US and abroad

That’s the chilling conclusion reached by a new peer-reviewed study from Harvard University and University College London. Researchers found that more than 8.7 million people around the world died from exposure to particulate matter from fossil fuel emissions in 2018.

The findings bring new understanding and urgency to the immediate global health threat caused by climate change and our world’s continued reliance on high-polluting fossil fuels.

For the Biden administration and policymakers worldwide, it must be a wakeup call. Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels isn’t just about protecting future generations from looming threats and projections — it’s about saving lives right now. Our actions — both domestic and internationally — must reflect that urgency.

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