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Thom Hartmann – How Corporate Greed Caused the Massive California Methane Leak

If you don’t live on the West Coast of the United States, you might not have heard about the massive gas well leak that’s been venting natural gas into the atmosphere at a rate of more than 100,000 pounds per hour for more than two months.

Infrared video that the Environmental Defense Fund captured in December shows that the natural gas is billowing like a volcano just above Burbank, California, on a hilltop in the Aliso Canyon area.

That video was taken over a month after the leak started on October 23, after the well had already ejected an estimated 80,000 tons of methane into the atmosphere.

For perspective, 80,000 tons of methane is equal to about a quarter of what the entire state of California – which is the eighth largest economy in the entire world – emitted between October 23 and November 20 in 2015.

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