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Cautious Hope: Global CO2 Emissions Remain Flat in 2015 while Renewable Energy Surges

, lead economist and climate policy manager

New data released today show that, for the second year in a row, global carbon dioxide emissions remained flat in 2015. Coming off the Paris Agreement, these trends are cause for hope that we are making progress toward addressing climate change. Read more >

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How to Make Sure the US and Canada Get It Right on Methane

, senior fuels engineer

President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced yesterday that the United States and Canada would partner to cut methane emissions from their oil and gas sectors by 40-45 percent below 2012 levels in under a decade. This is great news, and we applaud this cooperative effort. Read more >

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Methane is Really Bad. Our Methane Rules Need To Be Really Good.

, senior fuels engineer

Methane, the second largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide, is a short-lived but extremely powerful greenhouse gas. This is why the Obama administration is moving to curb methane emissions from the largest source of U.S. methane emissions—the oil and gas sector. In August, the EPA proposed methane emission standards for new and modified oil and gas drilling wells. Although this rule is an important and much needed first step, more must be done, including establishing similar standards for existing oil wells, and comprehensively addressing all of the sector’s unnecessary emissions.

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Let’s Talk Trash: What the EPA’s Methane Rules Lack on Landfills

, senior fuels engineer

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas—34 times more potent than carbon dioxide. In our battle against climate change, we need to limit methane’s release into the atmosphere, which is exactly what the EPA’s methane rules, released earlier this week, attempt to do. But as documented in our recently released fact sheet, we can do more with methane than just limit its release. In fact, in the case of landfills, we can actually optimize methane production and capture it as a low-carbon biofuel. I’ll have much more to say about reducing climate emissions from the oil and gas sector over the next several months—stay tuned—but for now, let’s talk trash. Read more >

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President Obama’s Plan to Cut Methane Emissions: Taking a Closer Look

, asst director of research & analysis, Clean Energy

On Wednesday, the Obama Administration announced a new goal and course of action to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 40-45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. It’s a sensible near-term target that helps address one of the most potent contributors to global warming. But will the measures the Administration plans to implement be enough to achieve the goal? Read more >

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