On Thursday, California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) took a big step to rein in harmful emissions from oil and gas operations. Methane, a common byproduct of oil production and a major component of gas, is a potent greenhouse gas that is 86 times more heat trapping than carbon dioxide in the short term.
If it feels like the oil and gas industry has a leg up when it comes to developing policies that affect our health and the environment – you are not crazy.
That is exactly what has been happening for decades and it’s not an accident. There has been a calculated effort from the industry to leverage its resources to influence policy decisions and to elect favorable candidates to develop those policies.