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U.S. Natural Gas Can Support a Low-Emission Economic Recovery

natural gas  emission reductions  lng exports  global markets 

Dustin Meyer

Dustin Meyer
Posted May 11, 2020

With the global economy reeling, affordable natural gas is more important than ever.

U.S. emergence as a major energy producer means the natural gas market has never been more flexible, more reliable or more adaptable to changing conditions – including a global pandemic. Millions benefit daily from the use of natural gas in power generation and home heating, and when the world begins to safely return to normal, U.S. natural gas is positioned to balance our economic recovery with environmental progress.

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Honoring Earth Day 2020

conservation  environmental expenditures  emission reductions  climate 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted April 22, 2020

Earth Day 2020 finds the world in unprecedented circumstances. Despite the once-in-a-lifetime challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, the natural gas and oil industry’s commitment to protect workers, communities and the environment remains fundamental to what we do, every day. …

As American energy workers power through a pandemic to provide reliable energy to the hospitals and families and others who need it most, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day provides us with the opportunity to recognize the ongoing role our industry plays in lowering U.S. emissions, protecting our land and wildlife and supporting coastal resilience across the nation – all while producing the reliable, affordable, cleaner energy American families need.

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EDF Mapping Data is Preliminary, Comes With Caveats

emission reductions  methane  permian basin 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 8, 2020

Some thoughts on the preliminary data from the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) methane mapping project in the Permian Basin.

First, our industry welcomes new information that helps identify ways operators can further decrease methane emissions from production. The data must be verified (more on this below), and potentially could add to the knowledge base around the objective of reducing emissions.

Toward that objective, U.S. natural gas and oil companies launched The Environmental Partnership in  2017 with a focus on finding technologies, best practices and innovations that would capture as much methane as possible – since methane is the chief component in the natural gas our industry delivers to consumers. The Partnership, whose 75 members include 33 of the top 40 U.S. natural gas producers, is one of a number of industry-led initiatives that seek to further reduce methane emissions.


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12.23 Million B/D: Record Oil Production Strengthens U.S.

oil and natural gas production  us energy security  consumers  emission reductions 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted March 6, 2020

It’s been a big week for announcements coming out of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the nation’s natural gas and oil industry.

On Monday, EIA said that annual U.S. oil production broke another big record in 2019, and swiftly followed that with news on Tuesday that U.S. natural gas use has reached new record highs. Both are great news for American energy and national security, the economy and the environment.


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Natural Gas Continues to Drive Down CO2 Emissions

natural gas  emission reductions  electricity  coal 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted February 28, 2020

Some welcome news from the International Energy Agency (IEA) this month on global carbon dioxide emissions. IEA’s report finds that global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions flattened in 2019 – even as the world economy expanded by 2.9% –  in large part due to the increased use of natural gas. And closer to home, the news gets even better. The U.S. recorded the largest emissions decline of any country, down 140 million tons (Mt) from the previous year.

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Affordable Natural Gas & U.S. Emissions Reductions

natural gas  emission reductions  electricity  coal 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted January 15, 2020

Over the past decade, coal-to-natural gas switching in power generation has driven domestic emissions reductions, positioning America at the leading edge of climate and air quality progress. And last year, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell by 2.1% – almost entirely due to a decline in coal consumption, according to new analysis from the Rhodium Group.

The increase of cleaner-burning natural gas in electricity production accounts for much of this positive development, as natural gas emits about half the carbon compared to coal combustion. In 2019, coal-fired power generation fell by an estimated 18%, the largest year-on-year decline on record, and related emissions dropped by 190 million metric tons – equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by nearly 250 million acres of U.S. forests in one year.

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Natural Gas is Integral to Climate Solutions in 2020 and Beyond

climate  emission reductions  natural gas  fracking 

John Siciliano

John D. Siciliano
Posted December 18, 2019

At the recent U.N. climate talks in Madrid, former Secretary of State John Kerry kicked off a new bipartisan climate campaign that includes natural gas as part of the answer in an interesting marriage between political campaign and real-world energy solutions. 

The campaign, referred to as World War Zero, will fan out to key battleground states next year to educate voters on climate change policies in the run-up to the November presidential election.

Kerry, a longtime senator and America’s top diplomat under the Obama administration, told the New York Times ahead of the Madrid talks that the campaign wouldn’t endorse one policy over another, and that members are free to support any number of climate solutions, including natural gas. 

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The Environmental Partnership Points Toward More Successes in Year Ahead

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 5, 2019

This week The Environmental Partnership marks two years of progress in further reducing emissions by 69 participating natural gas and oil companies, working together to improve their environmental performance.

The participants – who represent 32 of the top 40 natural gas producers – have achieved rapid participation growth, with membership nearly tripling; and 156,000 surveys conducted in 2018, inspecting more than 56 million components. These found only 0.16% of participant components needed repair, and 99% were resolved within 60 days.


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Natural Gas Power Plants in a Transitioning Energy Market

natural gas plant  emission reductions  electricity  infrastructure 

John Siciliano

John D. Siciliano
Posted November 26, 2019

The transition to cleaner natural gas-fueled electricity generation is creating new momentum for building out the nation’s energy infrastructure – specifically, new pipeline capacity needed to accelerate the changeover from coal and other older resources.

Not doing so has proven to be detrimental to consumers and clean energy goals alike.

For example, the state of New York, which is blocking pipeline development, is experiencing higher energy bills and supply problems as it struggles to design an energy system without fossil fuels.

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U.S. CO2 Intensity Trending Lower, Thanks to Natural Gas

emission reductions  carbon dioxide  natural gas  electricity 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 21, 2019

Some important data points from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the country’s emissions of carbon dioxide, a critically important greenhouse gas and a key to U.S. progress on climate goals:

First, as we noted in this recent post, EIA projects U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions this year will go down from the previous year. Broader context: Our nation’s CO2 emissions haven’t been this low since 1987Second, EIA says the overall carbon intensity of the U.S. economy – the amount of carbon dioxide that is emitted per unit of energy consumed – declined in 2018.

This is especially important in electricity generation, a major source of emissions. EIA says that switching fuels for generation, from coal to natural gas, has played an important role in reducing U.S. carbon intensity.

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