Morning Call Op-ed: Why rollback of methane rules is catastrophic

As huge swaths of the nation deal with wildfires, hurricanes, excessive heat and flooding, it is clear we must immediately implement policies to fight climate change and protect our communities.

Yet as we’re experiencing what many experts say are the early impacts of the mankind-created climate crisis across the country, many politicians are working overtime to move us further in the wrong direction.

A clear and recent example of this is the Trump administration’s catastrophic rollback of methane rules that will increase emissions of this potent greenhouse gas by eliminating oversight of hundreds of thousands of gas and oil facilities while loosening regulations.

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Philadelphia Weekly Op-ed: Put people’s health before profits

NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) just published a shocking report indicating that the Northern Hemisphere had its hottest summer in recorded history. One would think that in light of this news, Andrew Wheeler, the EPA Administrator, would reconsider his stance on the assault of existing methane rules. These rules have been successful in preventing the emissions of millions of tons of the highly-potent greenhouse gas methane. Yet, Wheeler, who also happens to be a former coal industry lobbyist, has failed to meet the dire needs of the current moment.

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Misled: The Impact of the Trump Administration’s Agenda on Working Families and the Environment

As the current presidential term comes to an end, the nation is at a natural moment for taking stock. In evaluating the Trump administration, Americans will want to know: has this President improved my situation in life and is the nation’s future brighter? Analysis of a range of policy actions made by the Trump administration reveals that overwhelmingly the answer to that fundamental question for working families is a resounding “no.”

Government Officials Sign-on Letters (2020)

Opposition to the 2016 Leak Detection and Repair Rule Rollback

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Op-ed: EPA’s methane rollback is bad for Pa., nation

On Aug. 13, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler stopped in Pittsburgh to announce the finalization of another dangerous regulatory rollback. Amid the global pandemic and over 1,000 Americans dying every day from acute respiratory disease, EPA gutted commonsense air pollution standards that protect the public from methane leaks from fracked gas infrastructure. These methane controls, known as the 2016 New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry (2016 NSPS), have been successfully implemented for years. They have already helped prevent hundreds of thousands of tons of industrial methane leaks.

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