Duke Energy goes on record arguing against capture of methane venting and leaking all the way from fracking wells to power plants
The global heating record that jumped in 2014 and worsened in each of the next two years has continued through April of 2017, to the surprise of climate scientists.
This ongoing heat wave supports the case made by Cornell scientists and others who argue that methane emissions from the US fracking boom are a key factor in the unexpected rate of heating since 2014. That fracking boom is being driven by Duke Energy and other utilities burning more and more shale gas.
As Cornell’s Dr. Robert Howarth says, curbing the fracked gas that’s being vented and leaked, unburned, into the air is essential to averting runaway climate change. That’s because methane is 100 times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping Earth’s heat, so the climate responds quickly to methane: soaring emissions in recent years have led to soaring heat records.
DUKE ENERGY OPPOSES CURBS ON METHANE
Meanwhile, Duke Energy was finally put on record recently – by WUNC radio – opposing regulations that would require the capture of methane spewing into the air all along the fracked gas supply route. The nation’s largest carbon-polluting utility is trying to build up to 20 fracked gas-fired power plants in the Carolinas alone, plus the $5.6 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline to supply those plants with fracked gas. Thus Duke Energy is responsible for much of the methane emissions that are now driving the climate crisis.
NC WARN urges reporters and editors at all media outlets:
Some researchers believe natural sources – for example, wetlands – are the main cause of the rapid methane build-up in the atmosphere. But the wetlands apparently are releasing more methane due to global warming itself. In any case, the dispute about the primary source becomes moot the longer the rapid heating continues. We can’t slow methane released from natural sources in any meaningful timeframe, but curbing the venting and leakage from gas and power infrastructure is both very doable and cost-effective.
All this is why the NC NAACP, NC WARN and allies are calling on Gov. Roy Cooper to ban the import and usage of fracked gas in North Carolina.Donate Now