Trump EPA Proposes Rollbacks on Methane Rules

Dangerous greenhouse gas is 80 times more damaging than carbon dioxide

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August 29, 2019 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency proposed rollbacks of federal methane regulations.

“The Trump administration is determined to destroy our planet in an effort to prop up faltering oil and gas giants,” said Greg Cunningham, VP and Director of CLF’s Clean Energy and Climate Change program. “Methane is over 80 times more damaging to our climate than carbon dioxide, and any increase in this dangerous gas only brings us closer to climate catastrophe. These senseless rollbacks are nothing but a giveaway to the dying fossil fuel industry and they will put countless lives at risk.”

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that has been linked to climate change. The proposed rule would loosen rules that limit releases of the dangerous gas from oil and gas companies. The public will have 60 days to comment on the new rule.

CLF experts are available for comment.