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    Large Methane Leaks Soar 32% Despite Lockdowns and Green Pledges

    Large Methane Leaks Soar 32% Despite Lockdowns and Green Pledges

    Large methane leaks rose 32 percent in the first eight months of 2020, according to Paris-based data firm Karryos, as Reuters reported. The rise in the harmful greenhouse gas is notable because it happened during worldwide lockdowns that led to drops in carbon emissions. It also happened despite pledges from the oil and gas sector […]

    How Montana Is Cleaning Up Abandoned Oil Wells

    How Montana Is Cleaning Up Abandoned Oil Wells

    By Ray Levy-Uyeda A farmer for most of his life, Sam Stewart bought farmland in Montana about 35 years ago. Since then, he’s planted and harvested his wheat and other crops around 16 open oil wells on this land, which he estimates were dug in the 1920s. Maneuvering around the wells is not an arduous […]

    EPA Expected to Allow More Methane Emissions From Oil and Gas Industry

    EPA Expected to Allow More Methane Emissions From Oil and Gas Industry

    In the coming days, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to use its power to roll back yet another Obama-era environmental protection meant to curb air pollution and slow the climate crisis. This new rollback concerns methane, a potent greenhouse gas destructive to the earth’s atmosphere. The EPA is expected to make the […]

    ‘Resounding’ Win for Public Health and Climate as Judge Blocks Trump Attempt to Gut Methane Restrictions

    ‘Resounding’ Win for Public Health and Climate as Judge Blocks Trump Attempt to Gut Methane Restrictions

    By Jake Johnson Green groups celebrated a “resounding victory for taxpayers, public health, and the environment” late Wednesday after a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from rolling back an Obama-era rule designed to limit planet-warming methane emissions. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Rogers of the Northern District of California said the Bureau of Land Management’s […]

    Bankrupt Fracking Companies Are Harming the Climate and Taxpayers

    Bankrupt Fracking Companies Are Harming the Climate and Taxpayers

    Fracking companies are going bankrupt at a rapid pace, often with taxpayer-funded bonuses for executives, leaving harm for communities, taxpayers, and workers, the New York Time reports. Nearly 250 U.S. oil and gas companies are expected to file for bankruptcy by the end of next year — more than went under in the last five […]

    Renewable Natural Gas Isn’t a Green Solution for Climate Change

    Renewable Natural Gas Isn’t a Green Solution for Climate Change

    By Emily Grubert Natural gas is a versatile fossil fuel that accounts for about a third of U.S. energy use. Although it produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants than coal or oil, natural gas is a major contributor to climate change, an urgent global problem. Reducing emissions from the natural gas system is […]