CLIMATE ALERT: EPA to Lift Obama-Era Controls on Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas
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The NY Times Reports: E.P.A. to Lift Obama-Era Controls on Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas
Within the next few days, the E.P.A plans to get rid of Obama-era controls on methane levels. Methane is a huge climate polluting that comes from leaks and flares in oil and gas wells. The new rule will likely become public on Friday.
This roll back would weaken environmental standards and continue to put our climate at risk.
In April, the E.P.A. weakened rules on the release of toxic chemicals from coal-fired power plants, loosened curbs on climate-warming tailpipe pollution and opted not to strengthen a regulation on industrial soot emissions that have been linked to respiratory diseases, including Covid-19.
Additionally, in July, the current administration weakened one of the country's foundational conservation laws, the National Environmental Policy Act. The new rule limits public review of federal infrastructure project in order to speed up the permitting process for freeways, power plants, and pipelines.
The E.P.A.’s new methane rule eliminates federal requirements that oil and gas companies must install technology to detect and fix methane leaks from wells, pipelines and storage sites.
E.P.A. officials say the new, weaker methane rule is needed to free the oil and gas industry from what they call crippling regulations at a moment when companies are suffering from plummeting prices and falling demand driven by a sharp global economic slowdown. The weakening of the rule, however, has been in the works for more than a year.
Continuous removal of our environmental protection laws is putting our earth at risk. We need to protect our earth before there's nothing left.
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