New EPA Scientific Advisors Bring Balance

EPA recently announced new appointees to the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and Clean Air Scientific Advisory Council (CASAC). The high caliber of advisors EPA is now turning to means that eminently qualified scientists with diverse technical backgrounds will be performing the scientific peer review underpinning our most important environmental regulations.

Good News from Paris

Western Energy Alliance applauds President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The unratified treaty conflicted with the administration’s plans to increase American development of the energy that actually powers the country

Tapped out: science shuts down an anti-fracking myth about drinking water

**As published on FoxNews.com: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/11/15/tapped-out-science-shuts-down-anti-fracking-myth-about-drinking-water.html

Two days after Donald Trump’s election victory, environmental regulators in Wyoming debunked one of the biggest claims of anti-oil and gas activists: That hydraulic fracturing – also known as fracking – contaminated drinking water in Pavillion, Wyoming, a small town of roughly 240 people. 

‘Covert Propaganda’ in Federal Rulemaking

Has government use of social media turned into covert propaganda? In light of an investigation by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), the answer is yes.

Barack Obama came into office as the “social media president” after effectively using online communications during his campaign. So it’s understandable the president pushed the use of social media within federal agencies, and it makes sense given the increasing reliance by the public.

Don’t Like the Numbers? Just Inflate Them

Perhaps the oil and natural gas industry has become a victim of its own success. In the face of an onslaught of new methane regulations, Western Energy Alliance has pointed repeatedly to industry’s success in reducing methane emissions without cumbersome federal rules. To make that point, we used EPA’s own greenhouse gas inventory data. According to EPA’s 2015 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, the industry reduced methane emissions from oil and natural gas production by 21% since 1990 while total gas production skyrocketed by 47%.

Social Cost of Methane: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Computer models are powerful tools, but as the old saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out” and models of the Social Cost of Methane (SCM) are no exceptions. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new methane rules rely heavily on the SCM to show a benefit. Now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is following suit in its venting and flaring rule, with supposed benefits between $115 million and $188 million that are largely based on the SCM.


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