Climate Change, Methane Leaks, and the Natural Gas Industry

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Date & Time
September 12, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
Location Information
Series
Emergent Research
Event Type
Discussion

Join us for a talk by Catherine H. Hausman, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economics Research, whose work focuses on environmental and energy economics.

Talk Description:
Methane is the primary component of natural gas, and it is a potent contributor to climate change. Methane leaks occur throughout the natural gas supply chain – from the time it is collected, stored and transported until it is used in a power plant, factory, home or business. The leaks can be from aging pipelines, but also from poorly fitted components and from intentional venting – a common practice in which gas is released directly into the atmosphere during maintenance.

The oil and gas industry has argued methane regulations are unnecessary and that the industry has already reduced emissions. For instance, a natural gas company might, quite rightly, point out that when natural gas is leaking from its system, it is losing valuable inventory, like a zoo with a hole in the fence.

In this research, Catherine and her co-author analyze the incentives that firms face – or, just as importantly, do not face – to reduce their methane emissions, and what the implications are for climate change.

About This Speaker:
Catherine H. Hausman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economics Research. Her work focuses on environmental and energy economics. Recent projects have looked at the economic and environmental impacts of shale gas; the market impacts of nuclear power plant closures; and the effects of electricity market deregulation on nuclear power safety. Prior to her graduate studies, Catherine studied in Peru under a Fulbright grant. She has taught Statistics, a policy seminar on Energy and the Environment, and a course on Government Regulation of Industry and the Environment. She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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