Trump’s EPA Tells Big Oil & Gas: No Need to Report Methane Pollution
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - In response to the EPA’s announcement that oil and gas companies will no longer be required to report how much methane their fracking wells and drill sites emit, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve gave the following statement:
“This is exactly the kind of climate recklessness we can expect more of from Trump’s EPA. After the Porter Ranch disaster shined a light on the dangerous impacts of methane pollution and fracking, communities nationwide demanded justice. Now the EPA’s first steps to address the problem -- a request that the industry simply share information on pollution -- have been scrapped, making it clear that oil and gas executives have this agency in the palms of their hands.
“We can’t expect this agency or this administration to ever take real action for the climate, but we’ve got to defend what we already won and take our future in our own hands. That’s why we're taking the fight for climate justice to DC in April, to resist this corruption and fight for real change in our communities.”
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.