Oil and gas companies underreport methane emissions leaks to EPA, report says Big oil and gas companies are underreporting their emissions from methane leaks in the Permian Basin to EPA, says a report by Democrats on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, The Washington Post says. The companies’ internal data shows their Permian Basin (from West Texas to New Mexico) methane emissions, “are likely significantly higher than official data. ”The report, written by the committee’s Democratic staff in December to chief executives of 10 fossil fuel firms, came weeks after more than 100 countries signed the Global Methane Pledge, calling for methane emission reduction by 30% by 2030 at COP26. From letter: “The existence of these leaks, as well as …their size, duration, and frequency, threatens America’s ability to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”  ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Pioneer Natural Resources, Devon Energy and Coterra received letter, but anonymous in report, which does not associate emissions data with individual firms by name.

Meat Industry Hyped ‘baseless’ Shortage to Keep Plants Open Amid Covid The biggest players in the U.S. meat industry pressed “baseless” claims of beef and pork shortages early in the pandemic to persuade the Trump White House to keep processing plants running, disregarding coronavirus risks that eventually killed at least 269 workers, according to House committee investigating the nation’s pandemic response, (Wash Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/

SEE CEO tells consumers to recognize what they eat impacts climate  

Jane DeMarines, SEE CEO, and Planet Bethesda co-sponsor, called on consumers to understand that meat consumption is killing our planet. She said, “80% of world’s agricultural land goes to livestock production or growing their food, yet only produces 20% of needed calories globally. The Brazilian rainforest deforestation photographs show cattle replacing trees. Much of that meat is going to U.S. consumers, she told event attendees. (Photo:Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) with DeMarines at Planet Bethesda, June 5)

She Went Blind, She Went Vegan, She Got Her Vision Back

“Mary Montequin was legally blind but regained her vision after an unbelievable health transformation. She lost her ability to see as a result of diabetes. However, she was able to reverse the diagnosis and restore her vision in just six weeks by eating a plant-based diet. Her health transformation doesn’t stop there. Mary also lost more than 60 pounds, lowered her blood pressure and cholesterol, and can now walk for miles after not being able to walk past her front yard.

She shares her incredible story of change with “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll, who has lost 280 pounds. The powerful conversation from one success to another will help anyone struggling with their health.” From the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: Link:https://www.pcrm.org/news/exam-room-podcast/she-went-blind-she-went-vegan-she-got-her-vision-back

National Hurricane Center Director Expects Another Monster Season In its annual seasonal outlook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast the seventh-straight above-normal Atlantic season, with 14 to 21 named storms — compared with 14 in an average year — and three to six major hurricanes.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/02/house-republicans-climate-strategy-drawsdemocrats-jeers/

FARM, SEE, PCRM Host Plant-based event for 2,500

FARM organized the first DC-area plant-based festival on June 5th in a Wash DC suburb, attracting more than 2,500 people. The event offered plant- based foods, a Mad Science Show, all day music, and educational talks. FARM Exec Director, Eric Lindstrom and Special Projects Director Lisa DeCrescente led the successful endeavor helping show plant-based eating is delicious and good for humans and the planet

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