Even if regulations on U.S. methane emissions could completely stop the increase of atmospheric methane (they can’t), they would likely only lower the average global temperature in the year 2222 by about 0.2 °C, a completely trivial amount.
The three big sources of natural gas "leakage" are energy, livestock and rice growing and they are roughly equal.
Why are they demonizing clean-burning natural gas?
For many environmentalists, there are few boogiemen more notorious than the cow.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler joins District of Conservation podcast host Gabriella Hoffman on the show today for a wide-ranging interview. Listen here.
A boost for American energy independence.
A team of scientists analyzed the methane impacts of more than 100 hydro power dams in the Mekong delta and found the vast majority have a similar greenhouse gas footprint to wind and solar power.
The Trump administration will issue a proposal to repeal a rule limiting methane emissions from oil and gas operations on federal lands.
CFACT advisor Marita Noon demonstrates the pretentious foolishness of anti-fracking activist Bill McKibben, whose latest hit piece demanding methane controls is based on a single outdated, very biased, study backed by an equally biased reviewer.
With methane, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is doubling down again.
The Obama Administration drive to eliminate U.S. use of fossil fuels is nothing short of insanity (or a devious plot to weaken the U.S. against foreign foes). The results of these policies will either be catastrophic destruction of American cropland, fuel rationing (and maybe even vehicle rationing), and economic collapse. Meanwhile, so-called "developing" countries will get a free pass so that the overall impact on the environment will likely be negative. But the politicians and their friends will get rich rewards and not be bound by the diktats they impose on others.
The EPA is becoming notorious for faking its cost-benefit numbers to justify onerous, and environmentally useless, regulations that will impose billions of dollars in compliance costs, cost many jobs, and seriously weaken the U.S. economy -- that is, unless the federal courts shoot them down for failing to follow the law. From the Clean Power Plan's assault on life-giving carbon dioxide to particulate matter and methane and more, the EPA is shameless in using buddy-reviewed (rather than truly peer-reviewed) research (often hidden from even the oversight of Congress to avoid any scrutiny) and even anecdotal material to justify regulations with enormous economic consequences. This, says CFACT advisor Larry Bell, must stop.
Now that he no longer has to face the public, President Obama may soon unleash a torrent of radical executive orders with far-reaching consequences, but his regulatory bodies are advancing an all-out war on the U.S. oil and gas industry that can only be curtailed through Congressional action (at least for now). The chief problem is that the EPA's regulations constitute “s power without accountability — a useful formula politically but an abysmal one for policy-making." The REINS Act would end this shell game.”