The Columbus Dispatch Op-ed: Harriett Jane Olson: Reduce methane emissions for Earth’s sake

As a child, I was concerned about pollution and how we care for God’s creation. Now, as CEO of United Methodist Women, I am part of an 800,000-member organization that has worked to care for creation for decades and for the welfare of women, children and youth for almost 150 years.

As women of faith, we believe we have a responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation. Helping to stem climate change is a priority for us because of this charge to care for creation and because women, children and young people in vulnerable communities are the hardest hit by the impact of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere.

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Post Independent LTE: Time for Zinke to listen

About one year ago, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate voted to uphold common-sense standards that reduce methane waste, which not only protect public health but provide much needed local revenue to western communities.

Now, a year later, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the whole Trump administration are still disregarding the public’s will and are continuing to try and sell off rural America’s public health and economic potential to special interests by gutting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) methane waste rule.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: A strong BLM methane rule protects our children

Almost 45,000 pro-life Christians have submitted comments to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke not to weaken methane pollution standards on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Why have we become involved? It’s simple: we want to protect the unborn, who are disproportionately impacted by the pollution Secretary Zinke’s actions will increase if he moves forward with his plan.

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Morning Consult Op-ed: Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Rule Faces Uncertain Future

A year ago this week, we experienced one of the only true victories for taxpayers and clean air of the Trump administration.

In its rush to repeal regulations from the Obama administration, Congress sought to utilize the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, which was designed to prevent leaks and collect royalties on wasted methane gas from federal lands. After easily passing in the House, the Senate was on the verge of approving it, as well, when in a moment of tremendous leadership, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) bucked their colleagues and joined every Democratic senator in opposing the efforts of special interests to gut the rule.

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Fumes Across the Fence-Line: The Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Oil & Gas Facilities on African American Communities

The oil and gas industry dumps 9 million tons of methane and toxic pollutants like benzene into our air each year. Methane is a greenhouse gas 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide at driving climate change and the oil and gas industry is now the largest source of methane pollution in the U.S. But methane is just one harmful air pollutant from the oil and gas industry. This paper sheds light on the health impacts of air pollutants from oil and gas facilities that specifically threaten the health of African American communities living near oil and gas facilities and in areas far from oil and gas production.

 

Government Officials Sign On Letters (2018)

Support for BLM Methane Rule

Opposition to EPA New Source Performance Standards Rollback

Diverse Voices Sign On Letters (2018)

Support for BLM Methane Rule

Opposition to EPA New Source Performance Standards Rollback

Business Leaders Sign On Letters (2018)

Support for BLM Methane Rule

Opposition to EPA New Source Performance Standards Rollback

Environmental Group Sign On Letters (2018)

Support for EPA Control Technique Guidelines

The Hill Op-ed: Codifying needless waste: The Bureau of Land Management methane failure

Today is the last day to submit comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding the issue of lost gas at the taxpayer’s expense. In February of this year, the BLM proposed a rule that, if finalized, would reinstate outdated guidance that has led to the needless loss of billions of taxpayer dollars from natural gas production over the past 35 years. The country has the largest debt relative to the economy since World War II, revenues are declining, and deficits are growing. This is no time to give away billions of dollars to profitable businesses.

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