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@UMWomen asks @ Chevron to #CutMethane

@UMWomen asks @ Chevron to #CutMethane

Click Here. Add your voice to the call for Chevron to lead the industry in minimizing emissions!
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Natural gas has been marketed as the clean energy alternative, but it leaks methane and toxic pollutants throughout the supply chain.

Methane and its Toxic Pollutants:

  • Sicken God's Earth: Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping heat over a 20-year time frame.PDF Document opens in a new window. 1
  • Sicken God's People: Toxins, which leak alongside methane, jeopardize more than 15 million people living near these emissions leaked by oil and gas companies. The toxins—including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter and radon—can cause respiratory diseases, asthma attacks, adverse birth outcomes, heart attacks, increased hospitalizations, reproductive problems, blood disorders, neurological problems, cancer, and contribute to climate change, which further impacts health.PDF Document opens in a new window. 2
  • Waste God's Resources: Natural gas leaks exist at a higher rate than previously calculated through the supply chain, from extraction to end-user consumption. Globally, oil and gas companies leak and vent an estimated $30 billion of methane per year into the atmosphere. Link opens in a new window. 3

Solutions Already Exist

Commonsense and reasonably priced solutions exist to detect and repair leaks, but only a handful of oil and gas companies have taken strides in implementing them. Methane emissions from the oil and gas value chain are among the cheapest to abate of all human-made emissions: The global oil and gas industry could reduce up to 75 percent of methane emissions using existing technologies.Link opens in a new window. 4  Between 40-50 percent of those emissions could be reduced with a net zero cost. By 2100, this action would have the equivalent impact of shutting down all existing coal-fired power plants in China today.PDF Document opens in a new window. 5  A cleaner alternative to natural gas already exists: Renewable energy produces little to no greenhouse gas emissions and over 100 cities worldwide are powered primarily by renewable energy.PDF Document opens in a new window.1

Click Here.Tell Chevron to Plug the Leaks Now! 

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Join United Methodist Women and sign your name to a letter to the new CEO of Chevron, Mike Wirth, demanding that Chevron take important steps toward fixing their leaks, stopping new natural gas projects, and investing in renewable energy.

For a PDF of the letter please e-mail ClimateJustice@unitedmethodistwomen.org.

Posted or updated: 5/18/2018 12:00:00 AM

Chevron Corporation is the second biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world since 1880. It is one of the top 10 producers of natural gas globally, and its production is only increasing. In a 2017 special edition of Disclosing the Facts' report about methane, Chevron substantially lagged behind its peers in efforts to reduce methane leaks and in its reporting of methane emissions. Chevron recently signed on to “Reducing Methane Emissions Across the Natural Gas Value Chain” guiding principles to reduce leaks across the supply chain, and it has the opportunity to take these commitments seriously by implementing them throughout it global operations.

* If you have individual holdings in Chevron:
Vote to support As You Sow's shareholder resolution for methane disclosure in Chevron's upcoming 2018 Annual Meeting:
PDF Document opens in a new window. asyousow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Chevron-Methane-Resolution-2018.pdf

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