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  • Super Pollutants Biden’s World Climate Summit Must Include a Pledge to Tackle Methane Emissions

    President Biden has come out swinging on climate change. In his first months as president, his administration has rejoined the Paris Agreement, appointed domestic and international climate czars, and this week proposed an “American Jobs Plan” with sweeping investments in greener infrastructure. All of this, however, is prologue to the highly anticipated April 22 World Climate Summit at

    April 5, 2021
  • Super Pollutants CATF applauds Congressional leaders for introducing resolution to reinstate methane regulations

    CATF applauds Congressional leaders for introducing a resolution to reverse a 2020 rescission of methane and other air pollution regulations for the oil and natural gas sector. If passed, this resolution would reinstate methane regulations for the sector, as well as re-establish methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) standards for sources located in the transmission and storage segment.  The oil and natural gas sector is the United […]

    March 25, 2021
  • Super Pollutants Congress to EPA: Time to go big on methane

    Two pieces of legislation introduced today would require federal agencies to issue new, robust methane pollution standards for the oil and gas industry. The Methane Waste Prevention Act of 2021 and the CLEAN Future Act both create national goals for reducing methane emissions at least 65 percent below 2012 levels by 2025, and 90 percent below 2012 […]

    March 2, 2021
  • Super Pollutants Oil and Gas Methane Pollution Offers Biden-Harris Early Climate Win

    Methane has become a hot topic, as levels of this potent, harmful greenhouse gas in the atmosphere soar. Fortunately, President-elect Biden has oil and gas methane at the top of his list of climate challenges to address. The oil and gas industry is the largest industrial emitter of methane in the country because the industry’s […]

    December 11, 2020
  • Super Pollutants CATF Statement on EPA Recission of Federal Methane Pollution Standards

    Later today, EPA will announce its plan to rescind critical methane pollution standards for the oil and natural gas industry, a move that will not only hurt our climate, but also puts public health at risk.  Beyond rescinding methane standards, the EPA also announced that it will weaken some requirements for the industry to find […]

    August 13, 2020
  • Super Pollutants Global Methane Emissions are Surging — It’s Time to Act

    Global methane emissions have increased by 50 million metric tons since 2000 – a deeply alarming trend, as this additional methane will have similar climate implications over the coming decades as the CO2 emissions from all US power plants, transportation, and residential and commercial heating combined. This is based on two new complementary studies that […]

    July 28, 2020
  • Super Pollutants Madrid Call for Fast Action on Super Pollutants

    The evidence of a warming planet is all around us: wildfires, increased storm intensity, bleached coral reefs, rising seas, and a frightening drive towards critical climate tipping points. While much of the discussion of global warming typically focuses on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, super pollutants like black carbon and methane also warrant our close attention. […]

    December 11, 2019
  • Super Pollutants CATF Testimony on Proposal to Eliminate the Direct Regulation of Methane from EPA’s New Source Performance Standards

    On October 17, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held its only public hearing on Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s proposal to eliminate the direct regulation of methane from the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards. Sarah Smith, CATF Super Pollutants Program Director, was honored to testify against this proposal alongside more than 90 impacted community members and […]

    October 17, 2019