July 25 — Slowing the construction of pipelines could have a more immediate effect on the climate: Oil bottlenecks in the Permian are increasing the use of flaring. Burning methane, a byproduct of producing oil, is a potent contributor to global warming. Existing pipelines are mostly at capacity, so the state regulator — the Texas Railroad Commission — is weighing whether to ease restrictions on flaring natural gas.

— E&E News

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