Pittsburgh Post-Gazette LTE: Minimize pollution

Now is the time to make sure that Pennsylvania residents and workers are protected from the oil and gas industry and receive needed government funding to expand renewable energy and increase resilience to the increasing effects of climate change.

The Biden administration has committed to propose new standards for methane and volatile organic compound leakage from new and existing oil and gas facilities by September. The administration has also raised the social cost of carbon to $51 a ton compared with the Trump administration’s low of $1. The Methane Emissions Reduction Act has been proposed in the Senate to establish a fee system starting at $1,800 per ton of methane from the oil and gas industry to benefit the National Coastal Resilience Fund or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The administration directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider a proposed fossil fuel pipeline’s contribution to climate change. FERC also recently unanimously voted to reconsider a 1999 policy statement that guides how the commission approves gas infrastructure.

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