NRDC: Obama’s Plan to Curb Methane Emissions is a Big Step in Climate Fight

Strategy also will cut other toxic pollutants tied to oil, gas development

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–March 28, 2014 – The White House’s Interagency Methane Strategy to curb the emissions of this powerful greenhouse gas, released today, is a big step in the right direction, the Natural Resources Defense Council said.

The following is a statement by David Doniger, director of the Climate and Clean Air Program at NRDC:

“Methane is a potent heat-trapping pollutant, and we’ve long understood the urgency and importance of controlling it as a way to slow dangerous climate change. Curbing methane emissions is a key element in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and today’s announcement is a big step in the right direction. Curbing methane also will help reduce other toxic pollutants associated with oil and gas development and other industries. But more needs to be done, and we look forward to working with the Obama Administration to establish effective methane leakage standards.”

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