Urge EPA: use best science when calculating
methane’s impacts on global warming
Methane- the main component of natural gas- is a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
How much more potent? That’s what the EPA is currently deciding as it updates its greenhouse gas reporting rule. And right now, they’re doing it wrong.
This matters because one of the main arguments for increased natural gas production is that it’s climate friendly. But actually, if you count methane emissions using the latest and best science, it’s not.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the folks who sounded the alarm on global warming in the first place – says that methane is 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide. That’s much greater than what EPA is proposing to use.
Better science leads to better reporting. Better reporting leads to better policy decisions… like not pushing natural gas as a climate cure-all.
TAKE ACTION: urge the EPA to use the best science when making decisions about fracking’s impacts on climate.
Also see: The real story about methane and the EPA estimates
To understand methane’s Global Warming Potential (GWP) see: What do leeches have to do with fracking and climate change?
About Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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Kathleen Wolfsong says
Any study being used to determine the future of our WORLD, MUST receive absolutely no money from any gas related entity. If you accept studies funded by the gas companies, you put the future of our planet in jeopardy.