Stop the Methane Regulations Repeal

Part 1: Call and write your senators to tell them to stop the repeal of methane regulations.

Call & Write Your Senator

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives rolled back a set of rules that would limit the amount of natural gas that can be wastefully burned or leaked during extraction from federal lands. Methane is a major contributor to climate change, and as Mark Bittman learned in Years of Living Dangerously, methane leaks are a big problem. The next step in the repeal process is for the Senate to vote.

First, we’re asking you to contact your senators today and ask them to vote against the repeal of methane regulations. Don’t know what to say when you call? Here’s a sample script to give you an idea:

“Hello, I’m calling to ask [SENATOR’S NAME] to vote against any efforts to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s limits on methane pollution. Eliminating these common sense safeguards puts the interests of the oil and gas industry above the interests of American taxpayers and their families. 

Nationwide, an estimated $330 million worth of natural gas from taxpayer and tribal lands is being wasted through leaks and the inefficient practice of venting and flaring every year. This pollution also contains methane, a harmful climate pollutant, as well as toxic and ozone-forming chemicals which increase smog and can cause cancer and respiratory diseases.
 
Please protect American taxpayers by protecting these crucial pollution limits. Our communities and families are counting on your leadership.”

Now before you put down the phone, consider also calling one of these Republican senators from another state. They’re the ones who we think are more likely to care about the climate change, and could break from the party line. You can use the same script if you like.

Cory Gardner (CO) — (202) 224-5941
Jeff Flake (AZ) — (202) 224-4521
Dean Heller (NV) — (202) 224-6244
Orrin Hatch (UT) — (202) 224-5251
Susan Collins (ME) — (202) 224-2523
Mike Lee (UT) — (202) 224-5444
John McCain (AZ) — (202) 224-2235
Lisa Murkowski (AK) — (202) 224-6665
Bob Corker (TN) — (202) 224-3344

You can also write to your senator, using the tool from the Environmental Defense Fund below.