Thank Obama for Reducing Methane Emissions at Landfills and Coal Mines


Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

Goal: Thank President Barack Obama and his administration for helping cut methane emissions at landfills and coal mines

The Obama administration recently released a plan that pledges to work with utility companies to reduce leaks that occur during the transportation and distribution of natural gas. Since the greenhouse gas methane is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide, oil and gas industry emissions must be controlled to prevent climate change. The administration’s plan also requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study methane emissions from drilling activities to determine whether additional regulations are needed.

The President’s goal is to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants by 17 percent based on 2005 levels. Both the Obama administration and environmental groups have suggested that mandates to reduce methane leaks are cost effective for businesses because methane can be captured, sold, and used again. Unlike Obama’s first attempt to curb methane from energy production in 2012, this new initiative is exclusively about methane and opens the door for more targeted regulations. Although petroleum industry executives oppose additional regulations that may hinder energy production, recent research indicates that tougher standards that go beyond voluntary state efforts are needed.

A February 2014 environmental report showed that methane leaks from drilling and transporting natural gas are 25 to 75 percent greater than the government originally thought. “The most important work of turning this strategy into action lies ahead,” said Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund. “This strategy has the potential to deliver the federal regulatory oversight that is needed to complement state efforts.”

Sign the petition below to thank the Obama administration for giving methane leaks the attention they deserve and targeting one of the most dangerous causes of climate change.


Dear President Obama,

Thank you for working with environmental groups to develop a plan to reduce methane emissions at landfills and coal mines. As the recent environmental report suggests, methane leaks from drilling and transportation activities are 25 to 75 percent greater than original government estimates.

Methane is 21 times more potent than the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, and current efforts to curb climate change will be futile without proper methane leak prevention. I am urging you to work closely with the Environmental Protection Agency to determine if methane-specific regulations are needed to cut methane emissions on a national scale.

Petroleum and natural gas companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and the American Petroleum Institute warn that new regulation will stunt the growth of the industry. However, industry growth means nothing if we do not have a sustainable environment for it to profit in. Please stay true to your goal of cutting emissions from coal-fired plants by at least 17 percent from the recorded 2005 levels during your remaining time in office.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Peter Anderson says:

    I do think the White House understands the need and wants to reduce the emission of methane, which is a greenhouse gas on steroids. However, in regard to landfills, an very large fraction of methane emissions, the Administration is relying entirely on the EPA Waste Office. Unfortunately, that section is badly subject to regulatory capture by the landfill industry. As a result, the policies pushed that deal with landfills will actually substantially increase methane emissions, as yet another example of industry hijacking the best intentions of citizens concerned about climate change.

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