From E&E News:

“When they first approached [the greenhouse gas policy] and then retracted it, that’s a pretty clear indication of FERC leadership tucking its tail between its legs and running,” said Devin Hartman, director of energy and environmental policy at the R Street Institute and a former FERC staffer. “I think it’s a little bit back to the drawing board.”

It’s possible that the timing of FERC’s greenhouse gas policy contributed to the negative reaction from Manchin and Republican lawmakers, said Hartman of the R Street Institute.

The policy was issued in February shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, “when the world was starved of natural gas,” Hartman said.

Others have pointed to potential legal deficiencies in the policy, including the fact that it was intended to apply to gas projects that were already pending before FERC. Still, Glick was right to take up the issue, Hartman said, calling the status quo “not sustainable.”

“You do have to account for climate in decisions here, but there’s good ways to do it and bad ways to do it,” Hartman said. “Glick should’ve taken a more constructive approach to it.”

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