Target: Delaware Senator Tom Carper
Goal: Do not allow the repeal of an Obama-era rule to curb fugitive methane emissions from gas and oil drilling operations.
Republicans in the House of Representatives have voted to roll back legislation passed under the Obama Administration which clamped down so-called “fugitive” methane emissions from gas and oil drilling done on public lands. These fugitive emissions consist of both accidental leaks as well as intentional methane flaring, which some companies perform to dispose of excess methane.
While natural gas is an important source of energy for millions of Americans, flaring is unnecessary. It is a form of additional waste in the drilling process, which is already highly inefficient and can result in over 40% of extracted methane winding up in the earth’s atmosphere. The current regulations serve to crack down on the gas and oil industries, particularly on flaring. They also call for additional inspections to check against accidental leaks, like the massive one that was discovered in 2015 in the Southern Californian community of Aliso Canyon, which resulted in the escape of nearly 100,000 tons of methane and presented a health threat to nearby residents.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats that we face as a nation and as a global community. Methane is an even more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Scientists agree that the curbing of methane emissions is crucial in the fight against climate change. We must demand that the Obama-era regulations remain in place to prevent untold amounts of methane from entering the atmosphere.
It is now up to the Senate to decide the fate of this crucial legislation. Sign below to tell the Senate that these regulations are necessary in preventing global warming and ensuring that Americans have access to clean, breathable air.
Dear Senator Carper,
I am writing you today regarding the Obama-era regulations on fugitive methane emissions that the House of Representatives recently voted to overturn. These standards are a sensible and necessary step to curb the release of a dangerous greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Inspections help to ensure that the oil and gas industries are taking every possible measure to prevent accidents, and we must crack down on those companies that willfully dispose of methane through wasteful flaring.
As a nation, we have a responsibility to future generations to throw all of our might into fight against climate change. Now more than ever before, we must resist “business as usual” and take bold steps to protect our fragile planet. More, not less, should be done to curtail waste and emissions from the fossil fuel industry and to promote public health and safety.
While the ultimate solution is to transition away from fossil fuels entirely, natural gas remains an important source of energy for millions of Americans. As long as this is true, we should be taking all necessary steps to make this industry as clean as possible, and limit greenhouse gas emissions. I sincerely hope that you and the rest of the Democratic Senate will fight to preserve this legislation and vote against its repeal.
[Your Name Here]
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