One promising hallmark of President Donald Trump’s tenure has been the ability of federal courts to check his administration’s impulsive actions.
A recent appeals court ruling on methane emissions is an important example. By a 2-1 margin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s 90-day suspension of new methane emissions standards for oil and gas wells.
While Colorado has made huge strides in recent years to maintain a strong economy and strong environmental protections, air quality remains a challenge across the Front Range. From Fort Collins to Highlands Ranch, we still fail to meet national clean air standards.
Clean air is a nonnegotiable for Coloradans. Without it, we cannot enjoy our beautiful blue skies and our quality of life is degraded.
At current levels, the ozone (smog) in the Front Range poses a significant health risk to children and seniors – especially those with asthma or other respiratory problems. In Colorado, more than 30,000 childhood asthma attacks are attributable to our current ozone levels.
Smart business leaders know that wasting resources is bad for your bottom line and the American
economy as a whole.
That is why we were so pleased when in mid-May, the U.S. Senate — including Arizona’s Sen. John McCain — stood up for good public policy and new American businesses by voting against a bill that would have rolled back the Bureau of Land Management’s
Methane Waste Rule.
The measure, which failed 51-49, would have led to the continued waste of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of taxpayer-owned energy resources.
Support for Proposed BLM Rule
Regulate New and Existing Sources
Support for EPA Methane Rule
Ask to Enact Methane Rules
General Need to Cut Methane
Los Estándares finales de Desempeño de Nuevas Fuentes están proyectados para reducir emisiones de metano en 510,000 toneladas cortas al año (equivalente a 460,000 toneladas métricas), para 2025.
Para 2025, estas reducciones de metano tendrán los mismos beneficios climáticos de 20 años como:
- Quemar 11 plantas de energía menos de carbón cada año
- Quitar de las calles a 8.5 millones de autos cada año