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The Obama administration has telegraphed its plans to “reduce wasteful venting, flaring and leaks of natural gas from onshore wells” on federal and Indian leases nationwide.
American’s views on climate change and other hot-button energy and environment topics are still closely tied to their political affiliation, with 90 percent of Democrats saying climate change is occurring compared to just 59 percent of Republicans in a new UT Energy Poll.
Even when U.S. natural gas is super-chilled into a liquid form, shipped by tanker around the globe, and burned to generate electricity, it producers fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the coal it often displaces, according to an industry analysis released Monday.
The research suggests that advancements in equipment and better maintenance are helping drive down emissions of the potent heat-trapping gas.
The report pinpoints rising methane emissions from oil and gas wells on public lands and waters as a significant share of the heat-trapping gases tied to all energy development nationwide.
Regulators trying to judge the carbon footprint of the Canadian crude that would flow through the Keystone XL pipeline should compare it to heavy oils from Mexico, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, said the Calgary-based company seeking to build the project.
White House officials said the plan aims to cut oil and gas emissions of the powerful heat-trapping greenhouse gas by 40 to 45 percent within a decade, from 2012 levels.
New research suggests two major oil sector sources of methane emissions are techniques to dislodge fluid from wells and the pneumatic devices used to control valves at the sites.
Officials at NRG Energy Inc. say the power company will reduce its carbon emissions by 50 percent of current levels by 2030.
Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn’t quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won’t slow global warming, a new study projects.