"The economic incentive for companies to reduce leaks, meanwhile, only goes so far. Small methane leaks can be expensive to plug but are still detrimental to climate, said Daniel Raimi, a senior researcher at Resources for the Future.
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"Raimi described the dynamic like this: 'I have an economic incentive to pick up a penny on the ground, but it may not be worth my time. If it's a $10 bill, I'm going to pick it up. Companies have an incentive to reduce emissions, but they are only going to do it if it's profitable for them.'"