Many cities and states have taken action to curb wasteful -- and harmful -- methane leaks. However, until now a national methane strategy -- and the resources that come along with it -- have been the missing piece.
This is serious, and unexpected observations concerning the stability of Arctic methane stores, even globally trivial ones, should bring us back to a vastly more important public conversation from last year.
This combined with the threat of releasing vast amounts of the methane into the air over a short period of time is an impending threat to the fragile civilization we built and people should no longer ignore.
Hemingway and Begley are devoted environmentalists; the Tickells are filmmakers who have dedicated most of their adult lives to promoting clean energy. Does a petty and possibly illegal scheme to entrap them accomplish anything?
Indeed, methane is a potent greenhouse gas, so leaks could theoretically wipe out the documented climate benefits with respect to reduced carbon emissions of natural gas, a comparatively clean fossil fuel.