Senate Threatens Climate With Proposal to Revoke Methane Pollution Rules | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community



Oil Industry’s Voluntary Efforts Won’t Curb Dangerously Potent Greenhouse Gas

WASHINGTON – A Senate effort to repeal methane pollution standards for oil and gas operations on America’s public lands will cost taxpayers millions, accelerate climate change and increase asthma and other public-health problems. Senators will likely vote later this week on a Congressional Review Act measure that would repeal common-sense protections against these outcomes finalized last year by the Bureau of Land Management.

“It’s hard to imagine a more wasteful, ridiculous giveaway to the oil industry,” said Brendan Cummings, conservation director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Oil companies drilling on our public lands could again flare or vent natural gas into our air just because capturing it might be inconvenient. Senators should vote down this plan to let oil companies pollute our air, damage our health and climate and waste our public resources.”

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