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SEJ member Francis Koster, America's Optimistic Futurist, offers a slide show illustrating how most reporters are not using up-to-date information on leaking methane and its impact on climate change. Topics include methane potency, life expectancy, leakage volumes and locations (with graphics) and more.
The main points are:
- U.S. EPA is reporting the climate change potency of leaking natural gas on its 100-year impact. The gas lives 12.4 years. IPCC says there is no reason to cite the 100-year impact, and that 20 years is a perfectly acceptable time frame, widely used around the world. The video contains the footnotes.
- EPA is using 2007 leakage numbers when 2013 (much higher) exist and have been peer reviewed by IPCC.
- If EPA understates impact by using 100 years, and understates leakage, and understates revised (upward) potency, the cumulative misleading impact is almost 1,400 percent understatement.
- Most reporters go to the EPA website for primary source…and it is incorrect.