New EPA regs to slash emissions which energy industry already slashed

posted at 7:21 pm on August 18, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

By the phone and the pen.

We should once again offer a tip of the hat to Barack Obama for not going gently into that good night as a lame duck. He’s still in the batter’s box trying to build his legacy on climate change with a fresh raft of proposed EPA regulations, this time focused on methane emissions specific to oil and gas drilling sites. (Fox News)

The Obama administration is proposing to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade in an unprecedented step to curb climate change.

The administration’s target is to cut methane from oil and gas drilling by 40 to 45 percent by 2025, compared to 2012 levels. The move was not unexpected — officials set the same goal in a preliminary blueprint in January. Still, by moving forward with the official proposal, President Barack Obama is adding to a list of energy regulations that have drawn applause from environmentalists and ire from energy advocates.

This is going to go down in the books as one of the most curious moves ever taken by the Obama EPA, not because the reduction of methane emissions is a bad idea, but because it’s already been taking place in gangbuster fashion. The Institute for Energy Research put out a statement as soon as the new proposal was announced which put the question in context.

Since 2007, methane emissions fell by 35 percent from natural gas operations, while natural gas production increased by 22 percent. According to EPA, voluntary implementation of new technologies by the oil and natural gas industry is a major reason for the decline in emissions.”

And where is the IER getting these figures about reductions in emissions? Are they coming from some big oil loving, pro-drilling think tank? No. It’s data taken from the EPA’s own studies which were cited in generating these rules. But just in case any of them don’t read their own promotional material, here are the numbers in graph form.

Methane

As you can see, production has been going up dramatically but methane emissions are down. In fact, they are way down. Why do you suppose that it? Is it because the companies doing the drilling want some warm and fuzzy feelings from the environmentalists and hope to snag some big donations from Greenpeace? Sadly… no. To put this in perspective, the folks from the EPA might want to step back and remember precisely what methane is.

Natural gas can be found by itself or in association with oil. It is both colourless and odourless and is in fact a mixture of hydrocarbons. While mainly methane, the other hydrocarbons include ethane, propane, and butane.

The methane in the ground is the primary component in natural gas. We’re drilling for natural gas. Any methane that escapes the well is literally money floating away into the air. It’s a bad business model. Believe me, if the drilling companies can get the methane emission levels down to zero (and they are trying their level best) they’re going to do it and it won’t be to make the EPA happy. They want the money. I’m not sure how to put that any more simply.

But if the EPA wants to do it on their schedule, they’ll basically just be punishing energy companies for not finding a way to do it faster when they are already well on the way to a solution. Energy In Depth spokeswoman Katie Brown explains:

“EPA’s own data show that methane emissions from fracking are already rapidly declining as production has skyrocketed. Further, even the IPCC acknowledges that cheap natural gas has delivered substantial climate benefits, benefits that came largely from voluntary reductions by industry and technological innovation. Federal regulations, especially if crafted poorly, could inflict more pain on the men and women who work in the oil and gas industry — at a time when market forces are already creating economic challenges.”

The EPA under Barack Obama continues to try to kill one of the few remaining geese that’s laying golden eggs. And this time they’re shooting at a moving target that the industry already has in their sights. Brilliance like this cannot be allowed to pass without a salute because The Idiocracy is truly upon us.


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Just some Cloward-Piven shite thrown out there for fun.

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2015 at 7:22 PM

When is the EPA going to mandate that anthropomorphic solar flare emissions be reduced?

ShainS on August 18, 2015 at 7:25 PM

Dog Eater: “Is it dead?”

EPA: “It’s mostly dead.”

Dog Eater: “Kill it. KILL IT!”

Bishop on August 18, 2015 at 7:27 PM

Obama proposes cuts that have already been made so….success? In the same way that decreasing a funding increase is a spending cut.

tdarrington on August 18, 2015 at 7:27 PM

Obama is just guaranteeing that in some quarters his legacy will be considered a great one. His future fan club would probably all fit into one motel room, but at least they’ll exist.

RBMN on August 18, 2015 at 7:33 PM

You know what we need as Republicans? A nominee that has repeatedly taken the side of the Democrats, the most extremes Dems at that, who advocated a cap & trade program that would cut CO2 emissions by 83%. Yeah, the McCain clone Fiorina: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO6Bdt7mbVY&info=FiorinaSupportsCapTrade

Btw, Fiorina has NOT flipped to being conservative on climate change. She still fully accepts the leftist theory of catastrophic global warming without any reservations. But Fiorina’s proponents say “so what? she says we shouldn’t do anything about it.” Well, no, it’s true that in contradiction to her previous support for unilateral cap & trade she says that the US can’t achieve anything by acting alone, but clearly she would push for a global international treaty to cut CO2 emissions: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4528619/carly-fiorina-climate-change

anotherJoe on August 18, 2015 at 7:34 PM

When will EPA assert authority over the regulation of DHMO?
How many people have to die from this evil poison?

Another Drew on August 18, 2015 at 7:38 PM

The EPA under Barack Obama continues to try to kill one of the few remaining geese that’s laying golden eggs . . . . .
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posted at 7:21 pm on August 18, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

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(expletive) the golden-egg laying goose…

THEY’RE TRYING TO KILL THE UNITED STATES.

listens2glenn on August 18, 2015 at 7:45 PM

Wanted
Dead Or Alive:

Deisher states that, in these cases, in order for the organs of aborted babies to be viable for research, the baby must be kept alive with a beating heart in order to get it through the harvest.

“Biomedical companies prefer gestational ages of greater than 20 weeks for heart muscle,” she adds. “This is from reading their publications; so, I have always suspected that the babies in some of these cases were alive until their hearts were cut out.”

Deisher, who earned a doctorate in molecular and cellular physiology from Stanford University, is the founder of Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute and the CEO of AVM Biotechnology. Based in Seattle, she has 23 patents in her name and was the first person worldwide to identify and patent stem cells from the adult heart.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/17/genetic-research-scientist-likely-some-aborted-babies-are-alive-until-their-hearts-are-cut-out/

davidk on August 18, 2015 at 7:46 PM

Dog Eater: “Is it dead?”

EPA: “It’s mostly dead.”

Dog Eater: “Kill it. KILL IT!”

Bishop on August 18, 2015 at 7:27 PM

I’ll ignore the fact you’re ineligible for the Comment of the Day™ and add that to your Lifetime Comment of the Day™ award.

Steve Eggleston on August 18, 2015 at 7:47 PM

When will EPA assert authority over the regulation of DHMO?
How many people have to die from this evil poison?

Another Drew on August 18, 2015 at 7:38 PM

And it is so addictive. I have to have several hits a day.

davidk on August 18, 2015 at 7:48 PM

I knew the EPA and Obama were dumb but damn….

sorrowen on August 18, 2015 at 7:49 PM

Nonpartisan. The pimply faced intern at HA finally found a decent picture of hillary. Are you satisfied finally???

Indiana Jim on August 18, 2015 at 7:50 PM

OT: I’m happy to report that Rosie’s daughter has been found. Sadly, she has mental health issues.

faraway on August 18, 2015 at 7:52 PM

Shut them down over that spill.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2015 at 7:57 PM

Nonpartisan. The pimply faced intern at HA finally found a decent picture of hillary. Are you satisfied finally???

Indiana Jim on August 18, 2015 at 7:50 PM

LOL

ShainS on August 18, 2015 at 7:59 PM

Methane on Titan (the moon of Saturn) is the analog of water vapor on Earth.
Titan has weather systems with liquid methane raining out of methane clouds. Rivers of liquid methane flow into methane lakes.

The point is Titan is the exact same temperature as it’s neighboring airless moon, Hyperion.
Physics don’t change between planets. The rules are the same whether it’s Titan or Earth.

There is no global warming because of methane.

papertiger on August 18, 2015 at 8:02 PM

OT: I’m happy to report that Rosie’s daughter has been found. Sadly, she has mental health issues.

faraway on August 18, 2015 at 7:52 PM

In a story I read, they stated: “Chelsea had left the South Nyack home, about 25 miles north of New York City, last Tuesday with a therapy dog.”

I live in a town with a large retirement populace, and these therapy dogs are becoming very popular. Some residents are complaining as many can’t seem to go anywhere (restaurants, grocery shopping, etc.) without them — citing possible unsanitary conditions & health issues.

I suspect many of these elderly people who lose a spouse become dependent on those animals …

ShainS on August 18, 2015 at 8:06 PM

O T :

davidk on August 18, 2015 at 7:46 PM


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Mengele lives ?

listens2glenn on August 18, 2015 at 8:27 PM

OT: I’m happy to report that Rosie’s daughter has been found. Sadly, she has mental health issues.

faraway on August 18, 2015 at 7:52 PM

Why am I not surprised.

wifarmboy on August 18, 2015 at 9:10 PM

While the press and others are enamored with “immigration” and Trump…this is what is really happening in the world.

Immigration is a problem…but not the only one, and the out of control EPA is causing more economic damage than any new immigration policy.

right2bright on August 19, 2015 at 7:54 AM

But if the EPA wants to do it on their schedule, they’ll basically just be punishing energy companies for not finding a way to do it faster when they are already well on the way to a solution.

When energy companies cut the emissions, EPA and the government will say, “See, our policy was a good idea. We need even more regulation.”

The government will try and take credit for the reduction and instill even more regulations. It is their way.

Patriot Vet on August 19, 2015 at 11:07 AM

In my opinion, Americans won’t remember Obama’s attempted ruination of the economy by his out-of-control regulatory regime. The part of his legacy they will neither forget nor forgive is the Iranian bomb — especially after it lands on Tel Aviv and we’re precipitated into another Mideast war to salvage Southeast Europe.

wagnert in atlanta on August 19, 2015 at 8:18 PM