Carper Urges Reversal of Trump EPA Methane Rescission Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor, urging his colleagues to support S.J.Res.14, the Congressional Review Act resolution to reverse the Trump EPA’s Methane Rescission Rule.

“In passing this resolution today, Congress is rejecting the Trump rule’s baseless interpretation of the Clean Air Act and in its place reinstating commonsense methane public health and climate protections across the entire oil and gas sector,” said Senator Carper. “We are also clearing a path for additional protections from methane and other hazardous climate pollutants. As a Senate, we are making our intent clear: The Clean Air Act gives EPA the authority and the mandate to establish methane emissions standards, even stronger than the ones we reinstate with this resolution.”

“We are saying to EPA, loud and clear, it is your mission to protect the environment, to protect human health and public welfare, from the dangers of climate pollutants like methane. And there is a lot of work still to do before that mission can be achieved. It’s time to get to that work. We don’t have a lot of time to waste.”

Watch Senator Carper’s full floor remarks here.