Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Reduce the amount of gas flaring produced in the United States by at least 30% within the next five years
Gas flares are a by-product of oil drilling, intended to be used as a defense against over-pressuring equipment at industrial facilities. However, where raw natural gas is drawn to the surface and most often flared is when it is considered unusable. The amount of energy that goes freely deposited as a result is not only an extreme waste, but causes a great deal of environmental harm and pollution. Gas flaring is one of the largest contributors to carbon dioxide emission, as well as a number of other toxic substances which directly affect the human body. The amount that is flared off is equal to 25% of annual natural gas consumption in the United States, with $50 billion worth of gas wasted annually. Studies show that these emissions contribute to climate change to very large degree.
Although the world’s top 20 oil-producing countries have previously promised to reduce flaring, only 10% of these cuts has been managed with current flaring at 142 billion cubic metres a year, from the 172 billion in 2007. The world bank is asking that countries reduce their flaring by 30% within the next five years, a goal made difficult by the complaints put forth by oil companies who note the amount of time and money needed to make the technological changes that would reduce waste. Unfortunately, the United States has actually increased its amount of flaring by 50% in 2010 alone, and “has nearly tripled the amount it flares in the last five years.” Clearly, the time and money is necessary spending for a destructive practice that must be halted as soon as possible.
With one in five people in the world going without electricity, change must be made immediately. New policies and regulations would be a win-win as it would simultaneously provide huge amounts of energy to those in need while also protecting the environment from emissions of sulfur dioxide, methane, carbon dioxide, and harmful carcinogens. Demand that the United States government take this matter under immediate consideration and take decisive action to stem the damage being done.
Dear President Obama,
The amount of energy that is flared off every year in gas flares is equal to 25% of annual natural gas consumption in the United States, with $50 billion worth of gas wasted annually. Despite the fact that the world’s top 20 oil-producing countries have previously pledged to reduce flaring, only 10% of these cuts has been managed with current flaring at 142 billion cubic metres a year, from the 172 billion in 2007. As the country ranked fifth in the volume of gas flared, it is of utmost importance that the United States take significant steps towards reducing emissions.
In the last five years, the United States has actually managed to triple its amount of flaring in large part because of shale oil developments. This is obviously a huge step in the wrong direction, and one which needs to be corrected immediately. If the United States is to reduce it’s emission by at least 30% within the next five years, as requested by the World Bank, new policies and regulations need to be implemented as soon as possible. Please, give this matter the attention it deserves. Great amount of energy are no only going to waste, but the harm which is being done to the environment and to our health by flaring is something which we cannot sit idly by and watch.
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