From Environmental America on Friday:
In response to President Obama’s proposed methane strategy today, Environment America’s federal global warming program director Julian Boggs issued the following statement:
“Methane is a major contributor to global warming, and the president is right to work to reduce methane emissions. As the administration’s strategy moves forward, we hope that relevant agencies take the following actions:
Use the latest science when calculating methane’s global warming impact. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, methane has 84 times the global warming impact of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.
Issue tough, enforceable rules that reduce methane from oil and gas infrastructure, agriculture, coal mines, and waste processing to levels that meet the nation’s overall climate commitments.
Reduce methane in conjunction with a climate strategy that reduces America’s dependence on fossil fuels, including gas. Gas cannot solve the climate crisis.
Address the myriad threats from gas drilling, including contaminating drinking water, making nearby families sick with air pollution, and turning forest acres into industrial zones.
“And importantly, the president needs to drop his ‘all-of-the-above’ rhetoric. This ‘whatever’ approach is not only wrong-headed policy, it is a misuse of the president’s bully pulpit that distracts from the need to move away from all fossil fuels to a clean energy future.”