Natural Gas drilling

Insane in the Methane: Trump scraps rules on natural gas leaks

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Bad news for those concerned about climate change:

The Trump administration is scrapping limits on methane leaks, allowing oil and gas companies to decide how much of the potent greenhouse gas can escape into the atmosphere from wells, pipelines and storage tanks.

The new rules, issued Thursday by the Office of Management and Budget, effectively rescind the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate methane, the largest component of natural gas. Although it dissipates faster than carbon dioxide, methane is estimated to be at least 25 times and as much as 80 times more potent in terms of trapping heat in the atmosphere.

Just a clarification: Methane doesn't actually "dissipate," it converts to carbon dioxide after about nine years of exposure to oxygen. But during that short atmospheric life cycle, it traps heat like a bandit. Which helps trigger the dissolution of methane clathrates in the oceans and permafrost, putting even more methane into the atmosphere. It's a perfect climate change storm, and Trump is pulling all the stops out:

Greenwashing comes to the Burr/Ross race

Taking their cue from Jay Faison:

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions says it is spending $120,000 on the buy, which will air commercials in Raleigh and Charlotte.

“Senator Richard Burr deserves to be commended for his record of supporting renewable energy, promote conservation, and place the economic needs and health of North Carolinians before partisanship,” said CRES Chairman and Executive Director James Dozier.

And just like Faison's group, peel a few layers of this onion and you find a focus on natural gas and nukes:

Now wait just a fracking minute...

The NC Mining and Energy Commission is not permitted to issue permits, since their very existence is under question by the courts. Like a stopped clock, McCrory (accidentally) got this one right by challenging the NCGA. Not that his choices would have been any less unethical, but we takes our victories where we can get 'em.

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