Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt isn’t high on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest review of hydraulic fracturing regulations.
ByMichael Lynch Contributor in Forbes April 3, 2014
The role of methane in global climate change is important but often overlooked. Possibly this is because methane burning emits less CO2 than coal and oil, and many environmentalists consider fuel-switching to lower GHG emissions, rather than eliminate them with renewables, morally unacceptable. However, with the recent success of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in lowering natural gas prices, environmentalists, failing to find any serious damage from the practice, are now grasping at the greenhouse effect straw to oppose the practice.
Now the Obama Administration is announcing its intention to reduce methane emissions as part of its campaign to address the issue of climate change, and the usual suspects have pulled out the knives, intending to strengthen, modify, mutilate or kill any new regulations. Industry opposes any regulation, while environmentalists insist they are never good enough.
Flatulence is outside my area of expertise (well, cattle flatulence, at least), as is agriculture (despite coming from a long line of farmers, I can’t grow anything more than rabbit food) so I will address aspects relevant to the...