Right now, Trump and Congress are trying to overturn important safeguards put in place by the Obama Administration to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently finalized protections that would require companies extracting oil and gas from public lands to reduce their methane emissions.
These standards would not only help reduce pollution but could save taxpayers money. When companies extract oil and natural gas from public lands, the BLM collects revenue on our behalf. Inefficient practices that allow leaking of gas cost taxpayers revenue the BLM could be collecting. The manufacturing and installation of technology to plug these leaks can also boost US manufacturing and create jobs.
That’s why these protections are a win-win-win: they are common sense standards that save taxpayers money, keep our communities healthier, and create good jobs.
But now the new Congress and Trump administration want to use a dangerous and powerful tool to rollback these important protections. The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to override recently issued rules, going back months under President Obama. The CRA would not only block the current standards, but would also prevent any similar standards to ever be issued, letting the oil and gas industry off the hook indefinitely. And it could happen any day now.
We cannot afford to go backward, our public health and climate depend on it.
Take action now: send a message to your senators in Congress urging them to vote NO on the CRA, and to stop any rollbacks on our environmental and public health protections!