Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Bold Commitments to Tackle Methane Emissions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2021
(Washington, DC) — Today, President Biden and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Regan took bold steps towards cutting methane emissions. This morning, President Biden, along with the President of the European Commission, launched the Global Methane Pledge with the support of 100 nations, to reduce worldwide emissions of methane by 30% by 2030. Additionally, the EPA proposed a new Clean Air Act rule to sharply reduce pollution from the oil and natural gas industry, including reductions from existing sources nationwide.
“Mitigating the climate crisis requires addressing both new and existing sources of methane emissions as quickly as possible,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “Today’s announcements from the EPA and President Biden on reducing methane emissions are critical steps in our whole-of-government approach to confront the climate crisis. By addressing oil and natural gas infrastructure, we are showing the world that we cannot wait to act on climate. In addition to the long-term climate change mitigation benefits, reducing methane emissions will save lives and reduce hospital visits from pollution-related illnesses like asthma and exposure to extreme heat. These are key actions to strengthen the U.S. commitment to reduce global methane emissions. I applaud EPA Administrator Regan and President Biden’s commitments on climate and celebrate our nation’s leadership in leading with science driven solutions. I look forward to working with them both to ensure we can deliver on our efforts to tackle methane emissions.”