“EPA’s proposal of these rules to strengthen controls on emissions of methane, a climate super polluter, from new and existing oil and gas operations sets in place a key piece of the Biden administration’s efforts to tackle climate change,” said Melissa Hornbein, senior attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center. “The oil and gas sector is the largest industrial emitter of methane. Repairing leaks of super-polluting methane is an obvious emissions-reducing move. Capturing more methane will create profit for the oil and gas industry over the long term, which is why it is politically viable enough to be proposed today. We need to remember that while these rules are a critically important first step, they are not a panacea to this extraordinarily urgent global emergency. The only real solution to the climate crisis is a rapid, just transition away from fossil fuels entirely.”

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