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The Trump Administration Is Imposing a Regulation Crap on the Natural Gas Industry

The Trump Administration Is Imposing a Regulation Crap on the Natural Gas Industry

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On April 13, the Trump administration announced its plan to relax environmental requirements for companies that wanted to ship their goods overseas. On April 15, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a reduction in the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions allowance that it had issued to oil and chemical giant ExxonMobil in order to help oil companies meet the “credible GHG reduction” goals set by the federal government under the Clean Air Act. (The GHG emission reductions were actually smaller than the $1.5 billion set by the federal government for new reductions in emissions, which is a $1 billion increase over the amount that the EPA initially estimated that ExxonMobil’s plans would save the government.)

On April 16, the Environmental Council, a group that represents nearly 4 percent of the U.S. oil and gas industry, was told that it must have an environmental impact plan or risk losing its certification, which enables the U.S. government to receive revenue from the sale of carbon credits. “They can’t have it both ways,” said Jeff Light, a former director of the EPA’s air quality division, who is now president of the Association of American Petroleum Producers. “Either you’re an advocate of responsible environmental stewardship, or you’re an advocate for public health. It’s not both.”

And then the Trump administration imposed even stricter standards on oil and natural gas fields, the largest source of emissions blamed for climate change, on April 22. “The Trump administration is imposing a regulatory nightmare on the natural gas industry,” said the Sierra Club’s Andrew Aanerud. “It’s a nightmare for the health of workers and consumers in the U.S. natural gas industry.”

“That is a dramatic turnaround from President Obama who, when he came to office, gave a green light to the expansion of the extraction and use of natural resources at a time when many people, including myself, had begun to question whether the use of fossil fuels in transportation was a good long-term strategy,” said Jeff Stier, senior vice president for regulatory affairs at ExxonMobil. “I’m confident that those

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