Last year, after a long and deliberate process, the Obama administration finalized protections putting a stop to wasteful and polluting methane leaks and venting on public lands. These protections cut climate pollution -- methane is a dangerous contributor to climate change -- and they improve public health.
The House just voted to strip away these protections. Next week, the Senate is looking to do the same. This would be a bad idea by itself -- bad for the public health and bad for the climate. But it's even worse than it sounds.
They're going to use a rare and radical provision called the Congressional Review Act that's only ever been used once before this week. It's a powerful and obscure rule that allows them to delete regulations -- and prevent any similar standards to ever be issued.
That means extra pollution coming from oil and gas drilling on our public lands.
We can't allow that to happen. Speak up against the radical use of the Congressional Review Act for oil and gas standards.
We've made such incredible progress on climate change in the last few years -- from the landmark Paris Agreement to the Clean Power Plan to skyrocketing growth in clean, renewable energy.
Since the leaders of the House and Senate -- and those appointed to the new administration -- deny the basic facts about climate science, it's progress we're going to need to fight for.
There's a reason the Congressional Review Act is so rarely used. Revisiting standards is one thing, but saying we don't need public health or climate standards like these -- forever? That's beyond the pale.
Senators need to think hard about this radical path. As the evidence stacks up that climate change is here and happening now -- and the path to a clean energy future becomes more and more clear -- now is not the time to recklessly throw out the positive steps we've taken.
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