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The main area of concern for local paper and pulp mills is the carbon cap-and-trade portion of the bill, which will charge manufacturers for emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases starting in 2023.
Democrats and Gov. Jay Inslee are celebrating passage of their long-sought “cap-and-trade” legislation to address global climate change.
Established under the Obama administration, the Clean Power Plan regulated greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the nation’s second-largest source of planet-warming gas. But in 2019, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency replaced this plan with a new rule designed to protect the coal industry while backing away from emissions reductions. Whereas the Clean Power Plan was expected to reduce emissions by about 30% by 2030, EPA projections suggest the replacement rule might reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 0.7%, or possibly not at all.
Biden has already said he will rejoin the Paris climate agreement, but there’s much more he could do to show the world that the United States is serious about fighting climate change. A report from Brown University’s Climate Solutions Lab lays out a series of steps that include creating a “climate club” of countries that volunteer to reduce emissions by agreeing to set a minimum price on carbon and penalize high-emitting countries through trade measures such as tariffs. Another proposal outlined in the report calls for Biden to work with the European Union — the largest importer of natural gas — as well as Canada and Mexico to curb methane emissions.
One of the most significant steps Biden could take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would to be reinstate tough nationwide rules for auto emissions and mileage standards that were put in place under the Obama administration and that essentially mirrored regulations already in effect in California. These rules are important because transportation is a top source of planet-warming gases. When they were put in place, they were considered one of the nation’s most successful efforts to combat climate change.
The Antarctic ozone hole this year measured as one of the largest. But the treaty banning emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals is having a good impact.
TRUMP on wind turbines: Wind turbines’ fumes “kill all the birds” and give off more “fumes” than natural gas.
The proposed $2 billion Kalama methanol plant this week received a $10 million investment from a major international shipping company, which a…
The shelter-in-place orders in New Jersey, and other states, have resulted in a 30% drop in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) over the northeastern United States in March, compared to the average of the previous five years, according to NASA.
Eager to avoid the acrimony and Republican walkouts that temporarily paralyzed the end of last year’s legislative session, lawmakers have been…
Local officials say Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent push to update the state’s greenhouse gas rules could make permitting more predictable…
In the same area of the dash, the “Service Engine Soon” light is lit. I have checked it with a code reader, and it appears to be an issue with the emissions system. Sometimes, an emissions problem like this can cost big bucks to fix. But research suggests that this one could be more in the free-to-$20 range.
After nearly five years of environmental review, a major question continues to stall the proposed $2 billion Kalama methanol plant.
A secretive startup backed by Bill Gates has achieved a solar breakthrough aimed at saving the planet.
Because the natural gas infrastructure is so vast, it is not possible to measure every leak from every faulty valve or fitting. Indeed, we don’t even have accurate estimates of the total number of valves and fittings. The best way to estimate the total amount of methane emissions from the natural gas infrastructure is to perform as many measurements as possible from as many different types of components as possible. The reason that one has to perform hundreds or even thousands of measurements from each type of equipment is so that you can capture the high-emitting sources (the so-called super-emitters), which are low in number but their emissions are so high that they can account for 50% to 80% of the total emissions.
The Obama-era regulations were put in place in 2016 to set emissions limits for methane from a variety of sources in the oil and gas industry. The 2016 regulations built upon previous regulations put in place in 2012 for emissions of volatile organic hydrocarbons (VOCs), which are nonmethane hydrocarbon gases produced by oil and gas operations. The companies that had installed controls for VOC emissions sources were not required to install any new controls because reduction in VOC emissions also reduce methane emissions.
The EPA estimates that the proposed new amendments would save the oil and gas industry $17 to $19 million per year. While this may sound like a lot of money, it pales in comparison to the economic value to be gained by minimizing leakage. We estimate that reducing methane emissions from 2.3% to 1% would result in an annual revenue of over a half billion dollars per year, which is more than 30 times the estimated savings from rolling back the regulations. Many oil and gas companies recognize this fact, and they also recognize that regulations are needed to ensure that all companies are held to the same standard.