The Coronavirus Recovery Needs a Green New Deal

Curtis Shuck spends a lot of time driving around the West, looking to fix century-old environmental mistakes. Last year, he started the Well Done Foundation, a nonprofit that plugs abandoned oil and gas wells. These sites, most of which finished producing oil decades ago, leak methane, a greenhouse gas estimated to have a warming effect at least 25 times that of carbon dioxide. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that, in 2018, abandoned wells released 281 kilotons of methane. You’d have to burn 7.74 billion pounds of coal to produce equivalent emissions.

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