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November 11, 2022

Earthjustice Statement on EPA Methane Supplemental Proposal

We’ll continue to advocate for the strongest possible standards to seriously reduce methane pollution

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Alexandria Trimble, atrimble@earthjustice.org

Washington, D.C.

Earlier today, the Biden administration unveiled an updated proposal to regulate methane pollution from the U.S. oil and gas industry, the country’s biggest industrial source of the climate warming pollutant.

In response, Earthjustice attorney Caitlin Miller released the following statement:

“Methane and other pollutants released by oil and gas facilities threaten the health of frontline communities and contribute to our longstanding history of environmental injustice. We’re encouraged by the Biden administration’s steps to reign in methane emissions, and we’ll continue to advocate for the strongest possible standards to seriously reduce this potent climate pollutant.”

Methane has more than 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over the first 20 years after it reaches the atmosphere. Even though CO2 has a longer-lasting effect, methane sets the pace for warming in the near term.

Earlier this week, Earthjustice joined other environmental, health, and community organizations to urge the Biden administration to release the updated proposal before the end of the 27th U.N. Climate Conference (COP27).

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