Financial Times Op-ed: How Biden should meet his promise to cut fossil fuel emissions

As President Joe Biden looks to fulfil his commitments to address the oil and gas industry’s climate pollution, cutting the sector’s methane industry must become a key pillar of his strategy. Methane is a greenhouse gas 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, but remains in the atmosphere 12 years versus 100 years for carbon dioxide, and the fracking boom has led to a spike in levels of the gas, according to studies by the European Geosciences Union and NASA. Removing methane will provide more time to deal with longer lived climate pollutants like carbon dioxide. In order to do so, President Biden’s early steps should include using the power available to him under existing US law to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas production by 65 percent within the next five years.

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