Media Leaves Out Key Details From Harvard Study Claiming EPA Underestimates Oil and Natural Gas Methane Emissions

A recent study provides a classic example of headlines not matching reality when it comes to reporting on oil and natural gas activities.  

The study, which was conducted by Harvard researchers and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, claims that methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry between 2010 and 2019 were 70 percent higher than the EPA’s own estimates. Media jumped on this headline, despite the limitations of the research and without the full picture of the authors’ findings and acknowledgments. 

Namely, that the oil and gas industry is reducing emissions and on track to decrease overall U.S. emissions even if no other sectors do.  

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