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Yesterday, the world’s leading oil producers, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), projected a larger decrease in oil demand than was predicted earlier in the pandemic, The Hill reported. OPEC also predicts an increase in demand next year, but that increase will not be as large as this year’s drop.
Why This Matters: Big oil and gas companies like BP may be starting to pivot away from oil, while they try to remain sunny about gas. But then The New York Times breaks a story like the one this weekend about industry lobbyists who were working hard to get the Trump administration to put in place laxer methane leak rules while knowing about the excess methane gas pollution occurring. “Pesky natural gas.” Their words, not ours.
BP Says Business As Usual is Unsustainable
BP says in its report, “The world is on an unsustainable path: the scenarios show that achieving a rapid and sustained fall in carbon emissions is likely to require a series of policy measures, led by a significant increase in carbon prices. These policies may need to be further reinforced by shifts in societal behaviors and preferences. Delaying these policy measures and societal shifts may significantly increase the scale of the challenge and lead to significant additional economic costs and disruption.”
CNN reported that this year’s report was markedly different from last year’s when they predicted demand for oil would continue for more than a decade. Analysts, according to CNN Business, say the pandemic accelerated the changeover to renewable energy. BP is releasing a new strategy in which the company reportedly will make a 10 times increase in annual low carbon investments to $5 billion by 2030, “when it expects its oil and gas production to have fallen by 40% from 2019 level,” according to CNN.
Pesky Gas Flares
The New York Times’ Hiroko Tabuchi broke the story of a recording of an oil and gas industry meeting in 2019 in which industry lobbyists lamented how methane gas flaring was giving the industry a bad name. Apparently, on the recording, the lobbyists discuss the practice of burning it off methane that created a “huge, huge threat” to the industry’s efforts to portray natural gas as a “clean and climate-friendly” fuel source. The lobbyists believed that flaring overall was damaging to the industry’s reputation. One asked, “What’s going to stick with those young people and make them support oil and gas?” As if anything could.
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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