Last week, The New York Times published dramatic images of methane leaks at oil and gas facilities in Texas. Their findings are much like the ones that Years of Living Dangerously correspondent Mark Bittman investigated five years ago. This problem is now poised to get even worse, as President Trump’s EPA works to repeal rules that require the fossil fuel industry to monitor and fix leaks of this powerful planet-warming gas.
It’s time for Congress to step in. The Methane Waste Prevention Act, introduced by Colorado’s Diana DeGette, would mandate monitoring and the prevention of methane leaks. We need to keep natural gas and all fossil fuels in the ground if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change. We certainly can’t afford to recklessly release these emissions.
This week, act on climate by asking your members of Congress to support the Methane Waste Prevention Act and oppose the rollback of EPA methane regulations.