The government of US President Donald Trump wants to abolish regulations against the emission of the climate-damaging gas methane. This should free the oil and gas industry of “useless” loads, said on Thursday the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Andrew Wheeler. Amongst other things, regulations will be deleted, according to which companies will have to make technical arrangements to prevent boreholes, pipelines and storage facilities from escaping into the environment.
The regulations stem from the administration of former President Barack Obama , Wheeler now argued that regulations hampered “innovation and progress.” The companies also believe that they have a sufficient economic incentive to reduce methane emissions into the atmosphere, since it is a valuable product. Methane is the main constituent of natural gas.
According to the EPA, the abolition of emissions legislation would change the gas industry 17 to 19 Relieve millions of dollars , 4 to 17, 2 million euros) a year. However, this is a very modest sum for the companies in the sector.
Like carbon dioxide (CO2), methane contributes to global warming. Although less methane is emitted into the atmosphere than CO2. However, the warming effect of methane 25 is sometimes higher than that of carbon dioxide.
Obama’s climate policy is tipped
The abolition of methane rules planned by the US government is controversial even within the oil and gas industry. The companies BP, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell have appealed to the US government to uphold the regulations. Their protests are similar to those of several major auto companies that oppose the Trump government’s plans to lower emissions standards for cars.
The deletion of methane emission regulations is not yet effective immediately but is expected to take effect only in the coming year. As with all such changes to US environmental regulations, there will be an official phase for public discussion of the project.
The latest plan joins a series of attacks by the Trump government on climate change Obama time. For example, the EPA has also canceled a program to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Obama Power Plan, however, never came into force because Republicans controlled by the Republicans took legal action against it. Meanwhile, other states have filed a lawsuit against the Trump government’s plan to remove the Obama plan altogether.
Trump, who calls himself an environmentalist, has already relaxed emissions limits for automobiles and quit announced from the Paris Climate Treaty of 2015. Trump also wants to release parts of the rainforest in Alaska for deforestation. With arctic and Amazon rainforest fires, climate change has become more publicized in recent weeks.(Reuters)