Rabe urges Biden administration to address methane reduction

May 9, 2021

"Methane has contributed one-quarter of of global warming to date," Ford School professor Barry Rabe writes in "Thought from Our Fellows" published by the National Academy of Public Administration. "The Biden Administration has an opportunity to revisit ways to create a constructive federal presence in a field that has seen very uneven state and industry engagement and performance, drawing on best practice models emerging in some states and other federal systems," he notes.

Citing regulatory frameworks in Colorado, New Mexico and Canada, he says, "These cases offer promising models for any Biden Administration review of how to prepare America to assume a global leadership role in methane mitigation, including development of a suite of world-class regulatory and disclosure tools to minimize methane waste for as long as oil and gas continue to be produced and used."

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