Op-eds and Columns

The Telegram News LTE: Encouraged by renewable energy alternatives

Appalachians are no strangers to natural gas and oil wells — Eastern Ohio has 2,317 shale wells, and 495 more were permitted for drilling as of 2018. This energy source comes at a high environmental cost, however, with methane emitted as a byproduct of these processes. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide and contributes significantly to global warming. These air contaminants can also cause health implications such as dizziness, nausea, and respiratory problems.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op-ed: Closing Loopholes In Methane Rule Can Improve Public Health

The administration of President Joe Biden has in its first week initiated action to tackle climate change, including re-entering the Paris climate accord and revoking a vital permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline project. One of the key ways to bolster this health-protective agenda is for the federal government to take steps to reduce methane emissions from fossil fuel production, referenced near the top of the Biden executive order on climate.

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Financial Times Op-ed: How Biden should meet his promise to cut fossil fuel emissions

As President Joe Biden looks to fulfil his commitments to address the oil and gas industry’s climate pollution, cutting the sector’s methane industry must become a key pillar of his strategy. Methane is a greenhouse gas 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, but remains in the atmosphere 12 years versus 100 years for carbon dioxide, and the fracking boom has led to a spike in levels of the gas, according to studies by the European Geosciences Union and NASA. Removing methane will provide more time to deal with longer lived climate pollutants like carbon dioxide. In order to do so, President Biden’s early steps should include using the power available to him under existing US law to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas production by 65 percent within the next five years.

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Houston Chronicle Op-ed: Op-Ed: America’s Independent Oil And Gas Producers Support Methane Regulations

As a new Congress and administration prepare to enter office with historic economic turmoil, the federal government must find a way to square campaign promises with reality. The Biden campaign promised “the most aggressive climate agenda ever put forth by a leading U.S. presidential candidate.” The American Exploration and Production Council (AXPC), a national trade association representing the largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States, stands ready to work collaboratively with the incoming administration to achieve meaningful action to address climate change, including on the critical issue of methane.

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The Hill Op-ed: Methane is more dangerous than carbon dioxide — the gas index can help

This month witnessed the launch of the first-ever “Gas Index”, which ranks American metropolitan areas on the leakiness of the gas supply chains that service their cities. This new index — which Burlington, Vt., ranks in the middle of — takes into account methane leakage across the full life cycle of fossil gas, from oil and gas production areas, to gas transmission pipelines and distribution within cities.

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The Bismarck Tribune LTE: Biden administration should reinstate methane standards

With a new year will come a new presidential administration, and with the new administration my group, Fort Berthold POWER, sees many opportunities to improve the land, water, and air on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and the rest of western North Dakota. One action that I urge the Biden administration to take right away is to reinstate the Obama era methane standards.

The methane standards control the emissions from oil and gas development, while reducing the waste of natural gas. Oil industry giants like Exxon and Equinor support the methane standards because they also understand the need to reduce harmful emissions that contribute to climate change.

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Pennsylvania Capital Star Op-ed: Climate change is affecting us all, increasingly those of us in Philadelphia

There is reason for hope on federal methane policy next year as we all seek to turn the page on a devastating and traumatic 2020.

Right now, the Trump administration’s senseless and unconscionable attack on effective rules to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry is being challenged in federal court, and the Biden administration will rightfully treat the climate crisis as an existential threat, not a hoax.

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The Philadelphia Citizen Op-ed: A Return to Environmental Protection

This time next year representatives from across the globe will be returning from the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, postponed by a full year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

COP26 should be an ambitious time for the United States to announce new commitments toward avoiding the worst effects of climate change. Luckily, by COP26, the United States will have reentered the Paris Climate Agreement in conjunction with President-elect Joe Biden’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer LTE: More efforts needed to locate and cap abandoned oil and gas wells

Since 2013, as my interest and knowledge about the environment has grown, I’ve also become aware of methane’s destructive greenhouse gas effect. Methane can come from our nation’s energy and agricultural practices, but one less obvious source are “orphan wells.”

Orphan wells are oil and gas wells which were abandoned for various reasons. Once abandoned, many were not properly capped, leading to methane and carbon dioxide leaks. According to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report, the United States has about 3.2 million abandoned U.S. oil and gas wells, about one-third of them capped.

EPA estimates the wells emitted roughly 218 kilotons of methane in 2018, the latest year measured. This number could be much higher due to incomplete data.

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Forbes Op-ed: Methane Is Low-Hanging Fruit For Biden

At present, it seems clear that a Biden Presidency is imminent and, while I’m sure he is receiving lots of advice on energy and the environment, much of it unwanted, I will take this opportunity to put in my ten cents worth. (Used to be two cents, but, inflation.)

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