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Energy Workers on the Job Reducing Emissions While Activists Protest

Across the country, Keep it In The Ground activists are striking Friday as part of a global climate change campaign.

Here in Denver, activists will march through the city’s downtown with the support of, Colorado Rising, Extinction Rebellion, and WildEarth Guardians – all groups that have advocated for extreme measures to immediately eliminate oil and natural gas production.

Pouring a cold glass of water on to the effort was Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet during his Climate Town Hall performance in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Bennet made clear to be truly progressive, you have to be about actually about making progress, explaining that natural gas has been a key fuel in addressing climate change and should be part of the energy mix.

The Colorado Oil & Gas Association touted the progress the industry has made in the state in reducing emissions:

“The production and use of natural gas, particularly in the electric production sector as a result of the shale gas revolution, is a key element in achieving these lower CO2 levels which, in turn, benefit the efforts to combat climate change. As a result, in 2016, the United States emitted the lowest rate of CO2 in the past 20 years. Additional technology developments at the wellhead have aided in reduced methane emissions from the production of natural gas, as well.”

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