Methane is a dangerous greenhouse gas on steroids – with a short-term planet-warming potential 86 times greater than that of carbon dioxide.
Now Trump wants to make it much easier for fossil fuel companies to release methane into our atmosphere. In his latest move to destroy the climate for corporate profits, Trump plans to undermine Obama-era methane rules.
We cannot afford to let Trump undo our climate progress without a fight.
Methane leaks are a planet-warming nightmare. Leaks from the production, processing and transportation of oil and gas in 2015 released an amount of methane equivalent to 2. percent of all U.S. natural gas produced that year. That much leaked methane would have the same short-term climate impact as emissions from all U.S. coal-fired power plants combined.
Under the Obama rules, companies were required to test for leaks every six months. Trump wants to allow companies to test for leaks much less frequently – once every year or two. The EPA estimates the change could result in as much as 380,000 tons of methane emissions between 2019 and 2025.
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