National Wildlife Federation Applauds White House Methane Pollution Reduction Initiative
"We applaud the Administration’s initiative to reduce methane pollution, which can be done effectively and at low-cost."
Today the White House unveiled an interagency strategy to reduce methane pollution from oil and gas production, coal mines, agriculture, and other sources. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that has 20 times the warming impact of carbon dioxide over a 100 year period. Methane emissions account for about 9 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
The White House strategy includes plans to issue an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking by the end of 2014 to address methane emissions from coal mines. It also proposes, by Fall 2014, to assess whether additional regulations are needed to control methane from the oil and gas sector, which were responsible for 28% of US methane emissions in 2012.
Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:
"We applaud the Administration’s initiative to reduce methane pollution, which can be done effectively and at low-cost. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. Cutting methane pollution is critical to protecting wildlife and our children from the devastating impacts of climate change. Methane pollution cuts are also vital to advancing the President’s carbon pollution reduction goals. We look forward to working with the Administration to ensure that this initiative results in timely and effective methane pollution reduction standards."