The administration’s war on coal has been well documented.
To a certain extent, it was thwarted by the remarkable advances in fracking and the extraordinary increase in natural gas production.
The shift from coal-fired power generation to natural gas has cut CO2 emissions, but only the naive would fail to realize that natural gas is also a so-called greenhouse gas. And supposedly, it is many times worse than CO2 in the atmosphere … 28 to 36 times more potent than CO2, according to the EPA.
It was clear that the environmental movement, represented by zealots in this administration, would have to curtail natural gas, as well as CO2, if it was to achieve its objective of saving the world from climate change.
The administration has now targeted natural gas with its program to cut methane leakage from natural gas production and transmission.
Natural gas is methane, but methane sounds more ominous.
For all the years that Americans heated their homes and cooked their meals using natural gas, they were unwittingly using the dreaded, climate altering methane.
The real objective of these new regulations by the EPA is to shut down fracking. The real beneficiaries will be political donors who have invested in so-called clean energy, because wind and solar can’t compete with cheap natural gas.
The fact is, methane emissions are more than ten percent lower today than they were seven years ago.
As with all the other regulations from this administration, the real victims will be Americans.
Natural gas is now very inexpensive, and produced here in the United States by American workers.
Before fracking, there was a dearth of domestically produced natural gas, and large investments were being made to import natural gas from the Mideast.
Fracking has made natural gas produced in the United States abundant and cheap, which has benefitted all ordinary Americans. It has also helped our balance of payments and reduced our dependence on Mideast countries.
Imagine how Americans would feel if they were paying 4 to 5 times more to heat their homes and cook their food if natural gas, i.e., methane, had to be imported from countries in the volatile Mideast. It’s the poor who really pay the penalty for this administrations regulations.
Before fracking, natural gas cost around $11 per million cubic feet. Today it costs less than $3 per million cubic feet. If it had to be imported it would probably cost more than $11.
Interestingly, cows probably emit more natural gas, i.e., methane, than is emitted by producing and transporting natural gas. How soon will the administration put a limit on eating meat and drinking milk?
Globally, agriculture is the largest emitter of methane.
This administration ignores the average American as it creates regulations that will harm all Americans. Higher costs for heating and cooking will now be added to more expensive and less reliable electricity as the penalty Americans will pay for Obama’s war on climate change.
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