Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Biden Administration Plan to Address Methane Emissions
(Washington, DC)—Today at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, President Biden announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) supplemental proposal to reduce methane and other harmful pollution from oil and natural gas operations. This supplemental proposal comes as an update and expansion of EPA’s November 2021 proposal to reduce methane emissions.
“Addressing methane emissions is vital to America’s ability to confront the climate crisis and reach its emission reduction goals for the next decade,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “I applaud the EPA and Biden Administration for releasing its supplemental proposal to address methane emissions today. If finalized, this proposal will be critical in ensuring the U.S. can be a leader in reducing methane emissions. As Chairwoman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology—where we have worked very hard over the years to put forth solutions to this issue—I’m glad to see in this proposal provisions that allow for the use of technologies for methane detection. We must use all the tools we have at our disposal to move forward in this effort. My colleagues and I look forward to the finalization of this proposal and working with EPA Administrator Regan and the Biden Administration as we take this critically important step in curbing methane emissions and combating climate change.”
Learn more about the EPA’s Supplemental Proposal here.
Recent Committee action on methane emissions:
- September 2022, Chairwoman Johnson introduced a bill to address research gaps in methane emission monitoring
- September 2022, Space and Aeronautics Chairman Beyer introduced a bill to address methane super-emitters in oil and gas operations
- June 2022, the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology released a staff report titled “Seeing CH4 Clearly: Science-Based Approaches to Methane Monitoring in the Oil and Gas Sector.”
- June 2022, the Committee also held a hearing titled, “Detecting and Quantifying Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector.”
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