Administration Proposal to Limit Methane Emissions Important Step Against Climate Change, Says League

Washington, D.C.  – Today the Obama Administration proposed limits on methane emissions from new sources within the oil and gas industry as part of the Climate Action Plan unveiled by the President in 2013. The proposal would cut methane emissions from oil and gas production by up to 45 percent by 2025 from 2012 levels.

“We are pleased that the President has taken this additional step and launched another salvo in his broad-based attack on climate change,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. 

“The President’s proposal results from efforts by several U.S. government agencies and relies on proven, low-cost solutions to cutting methane emissions,” said MacNamara.“

“While limiting methane emissions  is a critical step forward in the fight against climate change, the Administration must go further and include cuts to emissions from existing sources of this pollutant,” said MacNamara. “We stand with the President to protect people, not polluters.”

“The League is eager to work with this Administration to protect our children, our nation and our world from the damaging effects of climate change. League members and supporters across the country continue to work for and support the President’s Climate Action Plan,” MacNamara concluded.

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