Demand Trump Administration Regulate Climate-Warming Methane Emissions

Target: Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

Goal: Ensure Obama-era rule requiring landfills to reduce and capture methane emissions is enforced.

The Trump Administration has delayed an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing methane emissions from landfills. This comes after aggressive lobbying efforts from the waste management industry.

Methane is a dangerous greenhouse gas which traps 100 times more heat than carbon dioxide. Landfills are the third largest emitters of methane in the United States, contributing over 15 percent of total emissions. The delayed rule was projected to reduce methane emissions by 334,000 tons per year through utilization of improved gas capture technology.

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt continues to earn a reputation for weakening environmental regulation at the bidding of private industry. His move to delay the methane capture rule seems to undercut the EPA’s own public stance clearly articulating the benefits of implementation. For instance, the EPA website entry for methane states, “methane emissions from landfills represent a lost opportunity to capture and use a significant energy source.” Additional paragraphs detail specifically how methane emissions could be captured and used to generate electricity while reducing its accumulation in the atmosphere.

It is critically important that the Trump administration is held accountable for its corruption and blatant disregard for the environment. Please sign the petition below demanding that the landfill methane capture rule be enforced.


Dear Administrator Pruitt,

I am writing to demand that you enforce the Obama-era rule requiring landfills to limit methane emissions. As you are aware, methane emissions trap 100 times more heat than carbon dioxide and are a significant contributor to climate change.

Your stay of this regulation is a clear resignation in the face of pressure from industry. It is yet another example of cowardice in a career defined by corruption and disregard for the public interest. I implore you to do what is right for the nation and for the environment.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Andrea Westmoreland

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    reduce methane emissions now!

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