I will occasionally send these missives from my good friend Ned who is an expert in all things having to do with energy production and fossil fuels. Read it and weep.
This is the most recent of my occasional emails about the rapid restructuring of US fossils policy in the US.
Today the House is expected to vote to rescind the Interior Department's recent rule to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas exploration, production, processing, and transportation on public lands. Rescinding this rule (requiring the use of available technology to sharply cut the climate threat from fugitive emissions, and protecting American taxpayers' interest in efficient production and full royalty payments for production on public lands) is a disgrace. Here's a link to a summary of the issue by an editor of the West's environmental paper, High Country News: http://www.hcn.org/articles/methane-rules-in-danger
This comes the day after the successful rescission of the previous Administration's mountaintop mining rule limiting the disposal of mine waste in mountain streams and valleys. (Have you seen what has been happening in West Virginia?) See the story here: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/overnights/317663-overnight-energy-congress-does-away-with-obama-coal
And this morning, in a "pre-dawn vote," the Senate voted on party lines to send President Trump a measure throwing out a recent Security and Exchange Commission anti-corruption rule requiring transparency about oil companies' payments to foreign governments - contrary to the international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (https://eiti.org/) that the Bush Administration started with the support of international human rights organizations and (supposedly) oil giants including ExxonMobil. See: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/317700-senate-votes-to-repeal-transparency-rule-for-oil-companies