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A Decrease in Emissions and Reduction in Consumer Costs Move Us Forward

emission reductions  natural gas  consumers  social-license-to-operate 

Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace
Posted November 3, 2017

“Today, the U.S. is both the largest producer of natural gas and the world leader in reducing emissions. When it comes to propelling the U.S. forward with energy in the 21st century, “we no longer have to choose between more energy and a cleaner environment.”

– API President and CEO Jack Gerard 

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Bring Common Sense, Clarity to Ozone Regulation

air quality  ozone standards  epa  emission reductions 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 20, 2017

The current state of ozone regulation is a mess – and Washington needs to do something about it.

Late in 2015, EPA imposed new standards for ozone air quality, which posed an immediate problem out in the rest of the country because existing, 2008 standards weren’t yet fully implemented. Basically, the states were faced with having to deal with two competing sets of ozone regulations. As we wrote at the time, the 2015 standards weren’t necessary because the 2008 regime already was working and would continue to work toward better air quality.

Today, this confusing, unnecessary situation remains – unnecessary because air quality continues to improve.

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The Natural Gas Plan for Reducing Carbon Emissions

natural gas  emission reductions  electricity  climate 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 11, 2017

There’s a remarkable reality – among the many benefits of abundant, cleaner-burning domestic natural gas – that mustn’t be lost in the political back-and-forth over this week’s EPA decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP): The U.S. is achieving CPP’s objectives for reducing power sector carbon emissions – without CPP’s implementation.

It’s true: Reductions of U.S. CO2 emissions from electricity generation are well on their way to surpassing EPA’s estimate that CPP would lower CO2 emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. And it’s being done without CPP, thanks largely to market forces driving the increased use of natural gas in power generation.

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Let's Talk Clean Energy

clean energy  climate  american petroleum institute  oil and natural gas  emission reductions 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 27, 2017

API and a number of other groups are pleased to be participating in National Clean Energy Week, which is highlighting readily abundant energy needed to power homes and businesses that’s also helping the U.S. reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We realize not everyone thinks API and some others fit in the clean energy conversation. But the fact is our industry is a clean energy leader, and we lay out the proofs below. Looking at the bigger picture, our industry must be in this conversation because natural gas and oil are the United States’ and the world’s leading energy sources now and will be well into the future.

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Climate Lawsuits vs. Climate Solutions

climate  emission reductions  carbon emissions  ghg mitigation technologies 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 22, 2017

Here are some of my thoughts after this week’s news that San Francisco and Oakland have filed lawsuits against five oil and natural companies, arguing that the companies should pay for sea walls to protect the cities in case ocean levels rise due to changing climate:

First, the courts aren’t the place to address climate change policy. This is a complex, global issue that requires global engagement in the public square, not in a courtroom. In this country, elected officials debate public policy issues and then take appropriate action. Lawsuits of the type filed this week tend to serve special interests, polarize people and hinder real solutions.

The second point is action. Contrary to the lawsuit’s assertions, our industry is a leader on climate action, working to reduce emissions as part of a broader solution to those challenges. Since 2000 our industry has invested nearly $90 billion in emissions-reducing technologies – almost as much as the rest of U.S.-based private industries combined and more than twice the amount invested by each of the next three industry sectors.

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Cleaner Air and the Path to Continued Progress

air quality  emission reductions  environmental expenditures  epa  ozone 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 3, 2017

America’s air is getting cleaner and cleaner, even as the economy continues growing. So says EPA’s latest annual report on air quality, which tracks improvements since 1970. Cleaner air during economic growth, including the ongoing U.S. energy renaissance. That’s news we never get tired of hearing.

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Reducing Methane Emissions, Advancing U.S. Energy

emission reductions  epa  methane  natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 11, 2017

We expect that, after all the data and emissions trends are considered, EPA will develop a science-based, cost-effective path to target emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), in which methane emissions reductions also are achieved. Industry supports environmental protection and, indeed, is demonstrating that support by taking actions to reduce methane emissions.

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BLM Methane Rule Duplicative, Unnecessary

natural gas  emission reductions  methane  blm 

Jack Gerard

Jack Gerard
Posted May 18, 2017

America’s oil and natural gas industry supports commonsense regulation, but a duplicative Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule regulating methane emissions is a solution in search of a problem. … Fortunately, the Interior Department has “flagged” the rule “as one we will suspend, revise or rescind given its significant regulatory burden that encumbers American energy production, economic growth and job creation.”

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Improving Air Quality and the Unnecessary BLM Rule

emission reductions  methane  natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 9, 2017

We’ve made the strong economic case for repealing the Bureau of Land Management’s so-called “venting and flaring” rule. Yet, just as important is the reality that since its inception, BLM’s rule has been an environmental solution in search of an environmental problem. Here’s what we mean: Methane emissions associated with the natural gas industry fell by 16.3 percent from 1990 to 2015, according to EPA – even as natural gas production increased 55 percent. This is the result of industry innovating new technologies to capture more and more methane, the main component in natural gas. Progress is occurring under existing regulation by the states and EPA, which have jurisdiction over air quality under the Clean Air Act.

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100 Days: Energy Output and Climate Progress

100-days  climate  emission reductions  natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 10, 2017

U.S. natural gas is plentiful, affordable and reliable energy. Coupled with the environmental advantages of natural gas, our country’s policies should work to ensure its safe, responsible and growing production.

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