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NYC v.s. Big Oil Alleging Climate Change Greenwashing (Reg & Leg)
NYC, ExxonMobil, American Petroleum Institute ,BP
Date: 2021-04-28
The City of New York is taking legal action against oil giants Exxon, Shell, BP and the(API) alleging they violated the city's Consumer Protection Law by engaging in "false advertising and other deceptive trade practices and have systematically and intentionally misled consumers in New York City about the central role their products play in causing the climate crisis."

New York City's Consumer Protection Law prohibits "any deceptive or unconscionable trade practice in the sale -- or in the offering for sale -- of any consumer goods or services." Deceptive practices are defined as, "any false, falsely disparaging, or misleading oral or written statement, visual description or other representation of any kind made in the connection with the sale -- or in connection with the offering for sale -- of consumer goods or services which has the capacity, tendency or effect of deceiving or misleading consumers."

The NYC suit alleges fossil fuel companies are misrepresenting the environmental benefits of the various fossil fuel products they sell and promote as "environmentally beneficial" while "omitting any mention of the products' role in aggravating climate change." NYC also alleged the fossil fuel companies "have worked tirelessly to "greenwash" their corporate brands and reputations to portray themselves as leaders in the fight against climate change, even though their products are the primary driver in causing it. (Source: City of New York, Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance, PR, 23 Apr., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenwashing,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  NYC,  ExxonMobil,  American Petroleum Institute ,  BP,  


API Awarded $100Mn for GHG Emissions Reduction (R&D, Funding)
American Petroleum Institute
Date: 2021-02-17
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is reporting receipt of $100 million funding under the US DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy programme. The program aims to identify and develop innovative technologies to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and tackle climate change.

According to API, over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has provided low-cost natural gas, while reducing CO2 emissions in the electric power sector and addressing methane emissions. Methane emissions have declined by nearly 70 pct between 2011 and 2019 in five of the largest US oil and gas producing regions, according to the EPA's new Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data.

API notes its members are already investing in direct air carbon capture, carbon capture use astorage, CCS, decarbonisation infrastructure such as CO2 pipelines, sustainable and efficient fuels, and lower cost, low-carbon hydrogen. (Source: API. PR, Website, 16 Feb., 2021) Contact: API, Mike Sommers, CEO, (202) 682-8114, www.api.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Petroleum Institute,  GHG,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Methane,  


Pittsburgh Firms Support Methane Emissions Ruductions (Ind. Report)
Equitrans Midstream Corporation
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Steel City, Equitrans Midstream Corp. (ETRN) and EQM Midstream Partners LP (EQM) have come out in support of the US oil and gas industry's ongoing efforts to reduce methane emissions and therefore oppose the US EPA's proposed rollback of methane regulations.

The EPA's April 2019 inventory report showed total methane emissions are down 15.8 pct since 1990 -- insufficient to achieve regulatory compliance on methane emissions in order to address the global impacts of climate change.

ETRN and EQM currently utilize various methane mitigation methods across their operations and are evaluating additional enhancement and mitigation efforts, such as: expansion of the Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programme; pneumatic controller upgrades; re-compression of pipeline gas prior to maintenance procedures; and upgrading existing stations with air or electric starts.

ETRN is a member of the Environmental Partnership -- a voluntary reduction programme offered through the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the ONE Future Coalition of natural gas companies working together to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain to 1 pct pct. (Source: ETRN, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: Equitrans Midstream Corporation, Diana Charletta , Pres., CEO, www.equitransmidstream.com; EQM Midstream Partners, www.eqm-midstreampartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  EPA,  


EPA Urged to Reconsider E15 (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Petroleum Institute
Date: 2019-05-01
NMMA, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) have joined forces in opposition to the EPA's proposal to allow year-round sale of E15 gasoline:

"We are not fighting against year-round E15 sales just for fun -- we oppose EPA's reckless proposal because it will increase the availability of a fuel that destroys marine engines and jeopardizes the safety of boaters," said NMMA senior VP of government and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros. "With more than three in five Americans mistakenly assuming that any gas sold at gas stations is safe for all of their products, it is clear that the federal government has shirked its responsibility to effectively protect consumers from a fuel deemed so dangerous that its federally prohibited from being used in countless consumer products. And the last thing the government should do is pump more E15 into the fuel supply. Instead of jamming through a policy that almost nobody likes, EPA should focus on preventing consumers from misfueling -- including better labeling and stronger safeguards at the pump.

"EPA's decision to expand the sale of E15 gasoline to the summer months makes no sense. It is clearly contrary to the law and it reverses nearly 30 years of statutory interpretation from the agency. Studies have shown that E15 gasoline can damage vehicle engines and fuel systems -- potentially leaving Americans with expensive car repair bills as a result of bad policy from Washington. In fact, nearly three out of four vehicles on the road today were not designed for E15." said API VP of downstream and industry operations Frank Macchiarola.

"To make matters worse, the agency's proposed changes to the RINs market could increase costs for fuel producers and lead to higher prices for consumers. Additionally, fuel producers who have complied with the law and have already made capital investments and business decisions based on the existing RFS and RINs program will be faced with uncertainty and a moving goal post." (Source: American Petroleum Institute, NMMA, PR, 30 April, 2019) Contact: API, Frank Macchiarola, Dir., (202) 682-8114, www.api.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  American Petroleum Institute,  E15,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  Biofuel,  


Federal Lands Fossil Fuel Extraction Emissions Fell in 2005-14, says USGS (Ind. Report)
US Geological Survey
Date: 2018-11-30
A just released US Geological Survey study reports the estimated emissions of the three main gases associated with climate change fossil fuel extraction on federal lands fell from 2005 to 2014 -- CO2 fell 6.1 pct to 1,279 million metric tons; methane emissions fell releases totaling an estimated 47.6 million tonnes of 10.5 pct and nitrous was 20.3 pct lower. Emissions from fossil fuels produced on federal lands represent, on average, 23 pct of national emissions, the study notes.

The USGS study's data are consistent with both rising US production and the increased use of gas to generate electricity, according to the American Petroleum Institute. (Source: US Geological Survey, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: US Geological Survey, 888-275-8747, www.usgs.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas,  GHG ,  Natural Gas,  Methane,  Carbon Emissions,  

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