Tag: Natural Gas

The Subject Was Supposed to Be Energy, but Trump’s Visit to a Chemical Plant Seemed More Like a Rally

MONACA, Pa. — President Trump’s appearance on Tuesday at the site of a multibillion-dollar chemical plant under construction here was ostensibly about energy policy. Instead, the crowd of mostly white, male workers in bright orange and yellow construction vests was the audience for a 67-minute speech that was nearly indistinguishable from something that Mr. Trump […]

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Large American Cities Are Leaking Twice as Much Methane as We Thought

Methane emissions from five major US cities are twice what we previously thought and contributing to climate change, a new study shows. According to a paper by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Michigan that was recently published in Geophysical Research Letters, leaky pipes are likely sending gas […]

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The Toxic-Gas Catastrophe Hiding Beneath Your Home

In October 2015, a fragile well casing ruptured at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field in Los Angeles, California—and no one could figure out how to stop it. For 118 days, 100,000 metric tons of methane and other hazardous pollutants seeped into the atmosphere. The worst single natural gas leak in American history was […]

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Israel’s Energy Dilemma: More Natural Gas Than It Can Use or Export

TEL AVIV — For decades, Israel was an energy-starved country surrounded by hostile, oil-rich neighbors. Now it has a different problem. Thanks to major offshore discoveries over the last decade, it has more natural gas than it can use or readily export. Having plenty of gas is hardly a burden, and it offers a cleaner-burning […]

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As Coal Fades in the U.S., Natural Gas Becomes the Climate Battleground

America’s coal-burning power plants are shutting down at a rapid pace, forcing electric utilities to face the next big climate question: Embrace natural gas, or shift aggressively to renewable energy? Some large utilities, including Xcel Energy in the Upper Midwest, are now planning to sharply cut their coal and gas use in favor of cleaner […]

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With a Poof, Mars Methane Is Gone

Mars gave a good burp last week, but the gas has come and gone, leaving scientists no closer to knowing whether there is life on or beneath the red planet. Last Wednesday, scientists grew excited when NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, while testing the air of Gale Crater, detected high levels of methane, which on Earth […]

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Michael Bloomberg Promises $500 Million to Help End Coal

WASHINGTON — Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, will donate $500 million to a new campaign to close every coal-fired power plant in the United States and halt the growth of natural gas, his foundation said Thursday. The new campaign, called Beyond Carbon, is designed to help eliminate coal by focusing […]

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As Trade War Spreads to Mexico, Companies Lose a Safe Harbor

When trade tensions with China flared last year, many companies sought refuge in a country with a long, stable relationship with the United States: Mexico. Now, that alternative for production and materials may also be in jeopardy with President Trump’s threat to impose escalating tariffs on imports from Mexico, aimed at forcing action on illegal […]

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