"It is achievable, cost-effective, and saves a valuable resource while reducing emissions that harm wildlife."
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed rule that will ensure less methane gas is wasted into the atmosphere in the production, processing and transmission of oil and natural gas. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that has 84 times more warming potential than carbon dioxide over the near term and also responsible for ground leveling pollution. It is also a valuable resource that can be captured and used. This rule is an important part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
In response to the plan, Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, issued the following statement:
"Today, the President and the Environmental Protection Agency took another important, common-sense step in protecting wildlife from the harms of pollution and climate change. Ensuring that oil and gas producers don’t waste methane is a no-brainer. It is achievable, cost-effective, and saves a valuable resource while reducing emissions that harm wildlife and outdoor users by causing ground level smog and fueling climate change.
"The National Wildlife Federation looks forward to working with the Environmental Protection Agency and sportsmen to achieve the strongest final rule possible."
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