CO2 is the most powerful greenhouse gas.
The EPA rules, which take effect in 2021, will require major oil and gas companies to use less of it, limit it to less than 10 percent of their total gas output, and use it for things like lighting, ventilation, and cooling.
But the rules also call for major oil companies to have more than 40 percent of the country’s CO2 in their reserves by 2025.
Some states have already announced they’re going to fight the EPA rules.
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo (D) said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that he was “not sure what is going to happen” to the rules.
“But I do know that we will continue to fight this,” he added.
Tom Wolf (R) told Bloomberg Politics that he’s not going to sign the EPA’s methane rule unless the agency releases a plan to help states “create the regulatory certainty that will be necessary for us to transition away from oil and natural gas.”
North Dakota Gov.
Jack Dalrymple (R), a Republican, said the state would be “sickened” by the rule, while Minnesota Gov.
Mark Dayton (D), a Democrat, said “we don’t need to worry about the rule.”
Rick Scott (R)’s (R)* spokesman said the governor “was disappointed” in the EPA, and he “strongly supports a clean energy economy that provides a strong middle class.”
The governors of California, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Rhode Island also announced they were challenging the EPA rule.
The EPA said it will release a report “to the public and the public interest” by December 1, 2018, outlining the plan to transition the United States from oil to natural gas.
A new report by the National Academy of Sciences released Wednesday found that methane emissions are “the most serious threat to global climate change” and that they’re “growing faster than any other greenhouse gas.”
The report, released by the Center for American Progress, noted that the EPA plan would increase CO2 emissions by 40 percent.
A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists found that, by 2035, the EPA will have to rely on oil and other fossil fuels for more than half of its gas needs.
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The proposed rule will also undermine the nation’s clean energy development plan, which will provide vital infrastructure, jobs, and energy security to millions of Americans, and it will put millions of families out of work.”
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