Biden Administration’s Methane Initiatives Are Essential to Reducing Climate Emissions on Public Lands, Waters

DENVER — The Biden Administration’s plan to address methane emissions on public lands — which includes plugging hundreds of thousands of orphaned oil and gas wells and cleaning up abandoned coal mines — will create jobs, restore the nation’s lands and waters, and will play an essential role in tackling the climate crisis.

“America’s public lands and waters have a critical role to play in addressing the climate crisis, and reducing methane emissions from flaring and orphaned oil and gas wells and abandoned coal mines is an important facet in this strategy,” said Andrew Black, public lands field director at the National Wildlife Federation. “We will work with the Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management to ensure these essential changes not only address the climate crisis, but also promote the health, safety, and quality of life for frontline communities and workers.”

Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gas emissions. It has more than 80 times the impact of carbon dioxide over a two-decade timespan. 


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