According to the Denver Post, Oil and gas industry leaders in Colorado are pointing to a new study that revealed that methane emissions from drilling have not increased by large amounts despite the uptick in energy production across America over the past decade.
These oil and gas interests point to a study from the University of Colorado Boulder which also determined that previous studies overestimated the amount of pollution coming from oil and gas activity.
According to the UC Boulder paper, “The assumption of a time‐constant relationship between methane and ethane emissions has resulted in major overestimation of an oil and gas emissions trend in some previous studies.”
A news release dealing with this topic claimed that previous studies failed to observe that ethane-to-methane ratios are increasing, which causes major overestimations of oil and gas emissions trends.
The paper’s main author Xin Lan said in the release, “What this means is if you want to track methane, you have to measure methane.”
A post published by Energy in Depth highlighted how natural gas production was up 51% and oil production rose 80% from 1990 to 2017 without emissions increasing as much. This demonstrates that recent extraction ventures have not polluted as much as those in the past.
This study has unfortunately come at a time when Colorado just passed one of its most anti-growth economic policies, SB 181. Under SB 181, local municipalities and Colorado’s Oil & Gas Commission will have more flexibility in micro-managing the oil and gas industry. Communities can now invent ways to impede drilling and other mineral extraction methods from taking place within their jurisdictions.
Since Jared Polis was elected in 2018 and Democrats gained control of all chambers of the Colorado State government, Colorado has shifted leftward in both governance and policy. For the past decade, Colorado has embraced policies like gun control, which has continued with Jared Polis’ recent signing of “red flag” gun confiscation orders.
If these political trends continue, Colorado can expect more infringements on economic and personal freedoms.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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