Why Methane Matters

Here’s the deal. Last year, the Bureau of Land Management passed a rule to crack down on methane leaks from natural gas wells on public lands. As you know, many acres of our public lands are leased to oil and gas companies to drill and frack. Until the rule was passed, there was no regulation preventing companies from leaking methane or restricting the practice of flaring (where drillers burn off excess gas).

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. In fact, it is far more potent than carbon dioxide. If we want to fight climate change and protect our winters, we certainly don’t need more of it in the atmosphere.

The House decided to use the controversial “Congressional Review Act,” designed to kill a regulation created by a different administration, to overturn the Methane Rule. The Rule now needs to go to the Senate, but it’s been delayed. Rumor has it Republicans aren’t sure they have enough votes to kill it. That means we still have time to #PhoneItIn.

If you’re from COLORADO, MAINE, OHIO, NORTH DAKOTA, or NEVADA – we need you! Rumor has that Sen. Gardner, Sen. Collins, Sen. Portman, Sen. Heitkamp, and Sen. Heller are all on the fence.

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Hi. My name is _____, and I’m from ______. My zip code is _______. I’m calling today to urge the Senator not to support using the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Methane Rule.

 

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas—in fact, it’s 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. As a (skier, snowboarder, winter enthusiast), I want my elected officials to fight climate change, ensuring snowy winters for generations to come. Don’t forget that winter is big business— the snow sports industry generates $66 billion dollars annually.

 

We should not be using our public lands to allow companies to leak or burn off excess methane—especially when it could otherwise power 6 million homes a year. And, through leaks and flaring, natural gas up to $400 million is lost annually. I’m guessing that’s income the federal government could use!

 

So, when the methane rule comes to the Senate Floor, I’m urging the Senator NOT to overturn this protection for our climate. Thank you for your time.