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Fri May 13, 2016, 12:02 PM

Obama Just Cracked Down on Pollution From Fracking

Source: Mother Jones by Tim McDonnell

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday released the final version of new federal rules intended to curb emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas. Methane, which is the main component of natural gas, had previously been unregulated. There's a mounting pile of evidence suggesting that as the United States relies increasingly on gas to produce electricity, methane emissions are much higher than most people expected them to be.

That's a problem for the fight against climate change. Methane emissions are far lower than carbon dioxide emissions, and methane survives in the atmosphere for a relatively short period of time. But methane is far more effective at trapping heat than CO2 is, which makes it a significant near-term warming threat...

The lack of regulations on methane was one reason why President Barack Obama's climate strategy, which hinges on swapping the country's coal consumption for natural gas, has been frowned upon by some environmentalists. Even today's regulations are only a partial solution, since they only apply to new and modified natural gas infrastructure, not systems that already exist. And by some analysts' reckoning, more than 70 percent of gas-sector methane emissions from now until 2025 will come from sources that already exist.

Still, the regulation announced today achieves one of the final remaining big items on Obama's climate checklist. It aims to reduce gas-sector methane emissions 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025 by tightening the allowed emissions from pumps, compressors, wells, and other infrastructure; requiring more frequent surveys for leaks; and implementing a data-gathering survey that will give officials and companies a better understanding of just how much methane leakage there really is. The EPA expects the regulations to cost $530 million by 2025 but to produce $690 million in environmental benefits.

Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/05/obama-methane-epa



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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2016, 12:40 PM

1. Obama cracked down on *one pollutant* from fracking.

This does noting about water pollution from fracking.

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Response to Eugene (Reply #1)

Fri May 13, 2016, 02:56 PM

3. Very important point. ^^^^

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2016, 02:49 PM

2. Could this not be

.challenged if the TPP passes, since it can be construed as a block to commerce?

Ironic.

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2016, 03:03 PM

4. Sorry, Mr. President. Not good enough.

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]Fracking needs to END.

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