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White House Plans Methane Crackdown

  • Posted by SHFT on March 23, 2014 in Energy
  • Natural gas, a key component of the Obama administration's plan for American energy independence, is highly problematic in terms of climate change. Though it has significant less carbon emissions than either coal or oil, natural gas fields "leak" methane into the atmosphere -- and methane is a potent greenhouse gas.

    Now key Obama advisors have revealed a government-wide strategy aimed at cutting methane emissions. According to The Washington Post, White House counselor John Podesta told reporters this week that the administration is “in the throes of finalizing” a plan aimed at reducing accidental leaks of methane. The new rules, which don't require Congress approval, could be announced by the end of the month. 

    In the talk, Podesta and Obama's top science adviser, John Holdren, said they continue to see natural gas production and use as a way to curb the nation's carbon output.

    From WP:

    Holdren said the industry's methane emissions were "big enough" to be a target for reductions, but not large enough to nullify "the advantages of natural gas over goal in electricity generation" as well as the potential of gas to replace oil in the transport sector.

    The news comes on the heels of Colorado's plan to clamp down on methane emissions. Other states, like Texas, are looking at making similar moves. 

    (via Grist)

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