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The climate math of EPA's costly methane rule

Steve Everley | Energy in Depth

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed new rules targeting methane and other emissions from the oil and natural gas industry, which the agency claims are required to “combat climate change.” The White House is also discussing new methane restrictions with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week, part of a broader climate action plan between both countries.

But public data show that the amount of global warming avoided by imposing costly new methane regulations on oil and natural gas activities would be almost zero.

According to the EPA, methane emissions in the United States only constitute about 10 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Methane has a warming potential that is about 25 times greater than carbon dioxide, according to the EPA and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the 10 percent figure takes that higher warming potential into account. Full Story