The 2010s Were Hottest Recorded, 2019 2nd Warmest Year, With U.S. Carbon Emissions Lower

The 2010s Were Hottest Recorded, 2019 2nd Warmest Year, With U.S. Carbon Emissions Lower

Due to closures of coal-fired power plants, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2019, according to an analysis of preliminary figures published Tuesday by the Rhodium Group, CNN reported.  However, as Axios reported, the 2010s was a decade of record-high global temperatures, with 2016 coming in as the hottest year on record just beating 2019 by 0.04 degrees Celsius, according to an analysis by Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service using U.S. government climate data.

Why This Matters:  These trends need to both be heading down — even if our greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly, we need to make deeper emissions cuts to stop the global temperatures from spiral even higher in the 20s.

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Trump Administration Plans To Open 1.9M Acres of TX Forests and Grasslands to Drilling

Trump Administration Plans To Open 1.9M Acres of TX Forests and Grasslands to Drilling

The Trump Administration is poised to open nearly 2 million acres of land in U.S. national forests in Texas to oil and gas drilling and fracking, which would allow lease holding companies to drill more than 1,000 horizontal wells and 500 vertical wells over a 20-year time period,

Why This Matters:  This is yet another senseless Trump rollback that would do significant environmental damag

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Pennsylvania Finally Joins Regional Greenhouse Gas Trading Program

Pennsylvania Finally Joins Regional Greenhouse Gas Trading Program

The Governor of Pennsylvania signed an Executive Order last week committing the state to implement a cap-and-trade program (known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or RGGI) for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants joining 10 other states in the northeast.

Why This Matters:  Pennsylvania is the first major fossil-fuel producing state to join.  This regional cap-and-trade program has been a true success — from 2005-2015 the initiative had reduced power-sector carbon dioxide pollution by 45% as well as provided $2.31 billion in lifetime energy cost savings to more than 161,000 households and 6,000 businesses.

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New Study Shows Natural Gas Power Plants Are A “Bridge” That Goes Too Far

A new study by the Rocky Mountain Institute published yesterday makes the case that the U.S. may be making too big an investment in natural gas power infrastructure — power plants and pipelines — the life of those plants go out past 2050 and are more than just a “bridge” to renewable power.  Not only […]

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Trump Administration’s EPA Proposes Rolling Back Methane Leaks Rule

Trump Administration’s EPA Proposes Rolling Back Methane Leaks Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to roll back a key regulation put in place by the Obama Administration that had plugged a loophole in the Clean Air Act — under the Trump Administration proposal, methane leaks in the transmission and storage of natural gas would no longer be controlled by the Act. 

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Pipeline Company Challenges Gas Venting and Flaring in Texas

Pipeline Company Challenges Gas Venting and Flaring in Texas

In a first of its kind challenge, the Williams Pipeline Company is fighting to prevent natural gas venting and flaring by Exco Resources Inc., which is seeking to release nearly all of the gas produced by a group of its South Texas wells as a byproduct of its drilling for shale oil — Williams argues that this practice is a massive waste of natural gas and the flaring is banned by law

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