Approaches in contrast

Two approaches to climate change contrast instructively in the US. One of them reflects the cost-blind absolutism fast dismantling support for programs aimed at lowering emissions of greenhouse gases. The other accommodates economic imperatives and uses collaboration to pursue important goals. The approaches relate to methane, which with climate change is part of the problem yet also part of the solution. Among greenhouse gases largely attributable to human activity, methane ranks second behind carbon dioxide in prevalence and is 21 times as potent as CO2 by weight as a warming agent. But its combustion yields less CO2 per unit of heat energy than that of heavier hydrocarbons. Methane thu...

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