Ngas Worse for Climate Than Oil or Propane October 07 2019, 0 Comments

New York's recently signed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) includes groundbreaking methods for valuing the impact that burning fossil fuels has on climate. The more accurate and relevant criteria in the CLCPA includes rating greenhouse gases on a 20-year time frame instead of the outdated 100-year time frame NY had been using. It also includes impacts from the production, storage and transmission of fossil fuels.

Under these criteria, natural gas is a worse actor than oil or propane per unit of heat produced, largely because of methane leaks. On September 20th, Cornell Professor Robert Howarth submitted important testimony with quantifying data in the NYSEG/RGE rate case.

You can read the testimony, the case study and two pages of key quotes from the testimony here.