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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) slammed the Trump administration’s intention, announced Thursday, to weaken Obama-era rules governing the emission of climate-changing methane into the atmosphere.
Although carbon dioxide is a much more common climate change gas, methane is much stronger.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule would lessen restrictions on oil and gas sites to monitor and repair methane leaks from pipelines and storage facilities. It’s only the latest Trump administration weakening of Obama-era regulations.
“This illogical and devastating rule to weaken one of the most important regulations to address greenhouse gas emissions would be a dagger in the heart of efforts to preserve the planet,” Schumer said. “The Trump administration’s proposed rollback of these regulations—which oil and gas companies actually support—would be another, horrifying blow to our already-imperiled environment.
“There is no sense in denying methane’s significant role in the climate crisis. Senate Democrats will fight to repeal these new regulations through our Congressional Review Act authority,” he added.
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