The United States could miss its emission-reduction targets under the Paris climate agreement if 19 pending natural gas pipelines are built across eastern states, according to a recent article by Reuters.
The news service cited a recent report by Oil Change International and 11 other organizations, which found that the 19 proposed pipelines would unlock at least 15.2 billion cubic feet per day of new natural gas production.
“This would lock the country into more natural gas-fired electricity rather than renewable energy, and cause the United States to miss a target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 83 percent from 2005 levels by 2050,” the report says, according to Reuters. "Our calculations show that the rise in gas consumption projected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration would alone lead to emissions that would surpass the current long-term U.S. climate target by 2040."
Environmentalists and landowners in states like New York have helped to block or slow down construction of proposed pipelines, such as the Pennsylvania-to-New York Constitution Pipeline, Reuters reported.
The article quotes the report as recommending that, “the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which reviews pipeline construction applications, and other federal agencies weigh the climate change impacts of new infrastructure before approving projects.”
To read the Reuters article, click here.
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