In rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, the United States has developed new global commitments to address climate pollution, but we’re asking the Biden administration to take these commitments even further.
Now is the time for bold climate action, and that action must include a clear commitment to cutting methane pollution from oil and gas sites. Methane is 86 times worse for our climate than carbon dioxide in the short term, and at oil and gas facilities, methane is released with other pollutants that are hazardous to human health.
We’re calling on the Biden administration to use the full legal force of the Clean Air Act to cut oil and gas methane pollution by 65% by 2025. It’s a necessary step towards slowing our climate crisis and helping to protect communities living near oil and gas facilities.
Our chance to build a clean, just, and equitable energy future is now.
President Biden and EPA Administrator Regan,
Thank you for rejoining the Paris Agreement and centering the climate crisis as a key goal of your administration. The increasing severity of the climate crisis demands bold and immediate action on the nation’s oil and gas methane emergency.
Meaningful climate action must include a clear commitment to tackling methane pollution from oil and gas facilities. Methane is a greenhouse gas with 86 times the short-term climate impact as carbon dioxide, so reducing methane emissions is critical to keeping global warming under the 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Reducing methane pollution is also a key piece of helping protect the health and well-being communities living near oil and gas facilities. Approximately 12.6 million Americans live within a half-mile of oil and gas infrastructure. This half-mile threat radius is a conservative estimate of the area within which elevated levels of toxic pollution are seen, and the distance within which health impacts have most clearly been correlated with the presence of oil and gas facilities.
President Biden, we urge you to direct the EPA to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to cut oil and gas methane pollution by at least 65% below 2012 levels by 2025. This action is a crucial step towards protecting the health of our communities and galvanizing bold climate action across the globe.
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