McKibben: “Leave natural gas in the ground”

In this new article in The Nation, Bill McKibben says:

Between 2002 and 2014… US methane emissions increased by more than 30 percent, accounting for 30 to 60 percent of an enormous spike in methane in the entire planet’s atmosphere.

fracking_texas_ap_img[O]ur new natural-gas infrastructure has been bleeding methane into the atmosphere in record quantities.

[W]e closed coal plants and opened methane leaks, and the result is that things have gotten worse.


[W]e need to move very aggressively to plug as many methane leaks as possible.

We need to stop the fracking industry in its tracks, here and abroad…The global-warming fight can’t just be about carbon dioxide any longer…fossil fuels don’t come in good and bad flavors. Coal and oil and natural gas have to be left in the ground. All of them.