Methane pollution standards are commonsense safeguards that help keep our air clean and our families healthier. Even Shell Oil and other industry producers think they’re common sense. Regardless, Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler are trying to create loopholes to benefit their less enlightened polluter allies at the expense of our health by recklessly rolling back these protections.
It is critical the EPA keep methane pollution safeguards strong and working to protect communities, instead of selling our children and families out to the worst actors in the oil and gas industry. The U.S. oil and gas industry releases 13 million metric tons of methane from its operations each year—nearly 60 percent more than currently estimated by the EPA, and without strong methane pollution standards, the climate impacts could be enormous.
Wheeler needs to refocus the EPA on its core mission of protecting our health and the environment, not attacking critical health and climate protections.
Tell Andrew Wheeler that you won’t stand for his dangerous rollback of methane pollution standards.
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To: Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
I strongly oppose President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s attack on the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards that protect Americans by providing critical reductions of methane and toxic air pollution. Weakening these commonsense, cost-effective methane standards will hurt vulnerable communities living near these oil and gas operations and ignores the EPA’s responsibility to protect the health and safety of American families.
To date, the industry’s own voluntary pollution reduction programs represent just a small fraction of gas producers and on their own are not enough to reduce methane leaks and pollution from the oil and gas industry. If we’re serious about addressing climate change, we need to significantly cut methane from the oil and gas industry -- one of the leading sources of this pollution, and strong federal standards help us achieve that goal.
This rollback is bad for Americans, and especially vulnerable and frontline communities bearing the devastating impacts of climate change, and also bad for an industry trying to compete in a cleaner energy economy. What’s more, state and local leaders are moving forward with clean energy solutions regardless of attacks on federal standards from the Trump administration. The truth is that Trump and Wheeler should be listening to the broad, diverse voices demanding that EPA keep its methane rules strong and intact, not working to create loopholes for the oil and gas industry’s worst actors.
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