EPA takes steps to curb methane emissions

A new rule could keep 41 million tons of methane out of our environment in the coming years.  

A new rule could keep 41 million tons of methane out of our environment in the coming years.  

On Nov. 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new rules that would significantly reduce methane emissions. Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases, warming the Earth 28 times faster than carbon dioxide. When methane regulations were weakened under the previous administration, more than 17,000 supporters of Environment America and our national network spoke up to restrict this gas, slow climate change and preserve the quality of our air. 

“Climate change is the challenge of our generation. Placing stricter rules on methane pollution would have a significant and rapid effect when it comes to addressing global warming,” said Environment America’s Washington Legislative Office Executive Director Lisa Frank. “These new rules could be a historic moment for climate action.”  

Environment America looks forward to developing a final rule that reins in methane pollution and protects the planet. 

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Photo: Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases. Credit: Blake Thornberry via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0