20 Apr '17, 5pm

Pruitt Delays Critical Methane Protections on Specious Grounds

Pruitt Delays Critical Methane Protections on Specious Grounds

Scott Pruitt is continuing his relentless assault on public health and a stable climate as Administrator of Donald Trump’s EPA. Acting at the behest of corporate polluters , Pruitt announced on Tuesday that EPA would reconsider, and delay by 90 days, critical safeguards to prevent methane leaks from the oil and gas industry. Methane is a powerful climate disruptor that is 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide while it remains in the atmosphere. The oil and gas industry is the one of the largest sources of this pollution in the United States. In addition to methane, leaky oil and gas infrastructure emits smog- and soot-forming pollution, as well as air toxins such as benzene, a known carcinogen. Oil and gas extraction and transportation thus contributes not only to harmful climate change, but increases pollution that causes asthma attacks, bronchitis, heart attacks, emer...

Full article: http://www.sierraclub.org/planet/2017/04/pruitt-delays-cr...

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