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Episode 15: Can’t buy me love

Sep 19, 2019

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Environmental groups prepare for fight over methane proposal

Kimberly Adams Aug 30, 2019
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Oil rigs extract petroleum in Culver City, California.
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The Trump administration proposed reversing Obama-era rules limiting methane, a greenhouse gas, on Thursday. The EPA’s announcement said the proposed rule change removes regulatory duplication and “would save the oil and natural gas industry $17-$19 million a year.” But given methane’s role in exacerbating climate change, the proposal is likely to face lawsuits from environmental groups and others who say the government should be doing more — not less — to curtail methane emissions.

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