February 28, 2024


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More Focus on Environmental Consequences of Methane Emissions

The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation has funded investigate resulting in a report, “Emissions in the Stream: Estimating the Greenhouse Gasoline Impacts of an Oil and Gasoline Boom,” by to professors at UT Austin. The report focuses on downstream sources of methane emissions, and will be followed by a report examining policy and technologies methods to cut down emissions.

Here’s the abstract of the report:

The Shale Revolution has stimulated a massive and quick buildout of oil and fuel infrastructure in the Gulf and Southwest regions of the United States (US), anticipated to unfold in excess of a long time. Therefore, it is essential to build a clearer knowing of the scale and composition of the probable greenhouse fuel (GHG) emissions connected with this action. We compile a in-depth stock of projected upstream oil and fuel manufacturing expansions as very well as just lately and quickly-to-be created midstream and downstream amenities within the area. Utilizing facts from emissions permits, emissions elements, and facility capacities, we estimate anticipated GHG emissions at the facility amount for amenities that have just lately been constructed or are quickly to be constructed. Our central estimate indicates that the whole yearly emissions impact of the regional oil and fuel infrastructure buildout may possibly get to 541 million tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) by 2030, which is extra than 8% of whole US GHG emissions in 2017 and about equivalent to the emissions of 131 coal-fired ability plants. A significant portion of the projected emissions arrive from petrochemical amenities (38%) and liquefied normal fuel (LNG) terminals (19%). Scientists have mostly centered on upstream emissions these types of as fugitive methane (CH4) connected with new US manufacturing our findings expose the probably higher prominence of midstream and downstream sources in the studied area.

The complete report can be found listed here.

The New York Periods also has an in-depth short article exhibiting visually the uncontrolled emissions of hydrocarbons in the Permian Basin working with a FLIR camera and the unwillingness of state and federal agencies and market to address the issue.NY-Times

In this article are extra the latest articles focusing on the problem:

Climate Modify: The requirement of pulling carbon dioxide out of the air — But it is complicated to do at the scale you have to have
The Economist | Editorial | December seven, 2019

Climate Modify Is Accelerating, Bringing World ‘Dangerously Close’ to Irreversible Modify
Henry Fountain | The New York Periods | December four, 2019

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Strike a File in 2019, Even as Coal Fades
Brad Plumer | The New York Periods | December three, 2019