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Why This Matters: Methane leaks are dangerous — they have led to reports of tap water catching fire, toxic groundwater, and fatal explosions, all of which have been motivators for the federal government to track and seal these wells. This methane then escapes into the atmosphere, where it absorbs heat and accelerates rising temperatures. Oil and gas companies remain unaccountable, leaving it up to either local governments or residents to find a solution. And EPA has rolled back its rules on methane releases, and some states, as a part of their COVID-19 relief efforts, offered waivers to oil and gas companies allowing them to delay safety checks on abandoned wells.
“If carbon dioxide is a bullet, methane is a bomb.” Despite making up a smaller percentage of overall gas emissions than carbon dioxide, the same amount of methane traps more heat in our atmosphere than its counterpart. The EPA believes that the amount of environmental damage caused by leaking methane may be larger than previously thought due to incomplete data. Recent studies have shown that the fossil fuel industry is responsible for much of the methane leaking into the atmosphere.
In his CNN town hall, Joe Biden fought back against claims by President Trump that Biden, if elected, would ban all hydraulic fracturing. The Democratic candidate’s position on fracking has softened since the primaries, on Thursday going so far as to say that fracking “has to continue” as a “transition” away from fossil fuels. However, some climate experts believe that the US must move faster if it hopes to avoid a major climate crisis in the near future.
Scaling production of EVs in the U.S. will require a ramp-up in domestic battery production. Now there’s good news on that front. A battery factory in Georgia can move forward after LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation (South Korean companies), two of the world’s biggest electric vehicle battery manufacturers, settled a dispute.
Why This Matters: The dispute threatened U.S. production of EVs. SK has contracts to produce batteries for electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks and Volkswagen SUVs.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Right now, 95% of American public school buses run on diesel fuel, but that could soon change thanks to part of the Biden administration’s massive infrastructure proposal. The new Clean Buses for Kids Program would electrify at least 20% of the country’s iconic yellow school bus fleet. It would […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In February, the governors of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware voted unanimously to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin, but Republican-led lawsuits are seeking to stop this action. The ban prevented the natural gas industry from blasting up to 4,000 wells in the basin, serving a blow to the […]
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