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  • Super Pollutants Clean Air Task Force 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
  • Super Pollutants Key Climate Rule Still Stands

    Despite constant pressure from the oil and natural gas lobby, the 2016 EPA methane standards for the oil and gas industry still stand strong.

    August 13, 2019
  • News & Media “EPA, Are You Listening?”

    In response to Shell and ExxonMobil’s methane announcements at CERA Week, Sarah Smith, CATF Program Director, Super Pollutants, said: “It’s not every day that two major oil and gas producers call for tighter climate protections, but that’s what Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil did today. The companies called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to […]

    March 12, 2019
  • Super Pollutants Slamming the Brakes on Climate Super Pollutants

    Is there still time to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C, the aspirational aim of the Paris Agreement? This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its take on that question.

    October 8, 2018
  • Super Pollutants New Analysis Equates the Climate Benefits of Cost-Effective Oil and Gas Methane Reductions to Shuttering China’s Entire Coal-Fired Power Plant Fleet

    Yesterday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a preview of the World Energy Outlook 2017, noting that harnessing cost-effective reductions of methane from the oil and gas sector would have the same climate benefit as closing down every coal-fired power plant in China.

    October 24, 2017