The Obama administration said it will issue rules to cut leaks of climate-warming methane, a step the oil and gas industry warned could choke the U.S. energy renaissance fueled by hydraulic fracturing.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it will propose rules this year targeting new oil-and-gas equipment, the centerpiece of an initiative to reduce methane emissions as much as 45 percent by 2025. The EPA also plans to expand voluntary programs with states and industry on equipment already in use, a move that falls short of the new mandates environmentalists sought.
Obama, who likes to keep his office hot and thus has warned Africans that the "planet will boil over if"..."young Africans get air conditioning", said before he took office that he planned to "skyrocket" the price of energy (electricity, specifically, in the video) though his wars on coal and gas have accelerated greatly in the last two years.
This sense of balance is part of Obama's psyche, as he has also said that he wants to raise capital gains taxes--not to raise revenue but--for "purposes of fairness." Indeed, the rise in those taxes will cause revenue to go DOWN but still, fairness. Punish the rich.
So today his administration announced that, in spite of the fact that much of the economy's resurgence (that which it is) is due to fracking, oil and gas production and in spite of the fact that such emissions have been reduced considerably without government intervention, he's going for the gold regarding methane gas. Washington Times:
...methane … is a potent greenhouse gas with 25 times the heat-trapping potential of carbon dioxide.”
Even though methane emissions are down 16 percent since 1990, the White House says they might rise over the next 10 years unless dramatic actions are taken. Under the plan laid out by the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, the oil-and-gas sector must reduce methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent by 2025.Now, if you're a vegetarian or vegan, you've been pushing others to stop or limit their beef consumption...to save the planet....
Because cows fart methane gas.
The White House has already started pushing farmers to quit birthin' those little baby cows because of all their farts, as per The Daily Caller:
The White House has proposed cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeable portion of methane emissions — which is a very potent greenhouse gas.
Some of these methane emissions come from cow flatulence, exhaling and belching — other livestock animals release methane as well.Being entrepreneurial capitalists, businesses sniff an opportunity to make some bucks:
Oil and gas companies, for example, have been looking for ways to increasingly capture methane leaked from drilling operations which they can then sell.Alas, it is not enough.
So let's organize our thoughts here.
Michelle Obama, whose favorite meal is steak and arugula, has been enforcing the "less meat" rule in schools, but now it looks like she's comin' for the hamburgers of the masses.
She's not alone in believing this "treehugger"'s claims that eating less beef is "crucial to [the] climate fight."
Indeed, the USDA is already smelling success by advising people to eat healthier by avoiding beef.
That appears to take at least partial aim at the beef industry. A study by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year said raising beef for the American dinner table is more harmful to the environment than other meat industries such as pork and chicken.
The study said that compared with other popular animal proteins, beef produces more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out more water-polluting nitrogen, takes more water for irrigation and uses more land.So there ya go.
She's had it with your farts, you knaves, even though she and The Prince do love them some hamburgers.
That's because her farts don't stink, unlike yours.