In a major win for the climate, the US Senate reverses Trump methane ruling

A greener life, a greener world

Gas flaring in Harris County, Texas. Photo credit: Jim Evans – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 – via Wikimedia.

By Anders Lorenzen

Chuck Schumer, US Senate majority leader, called it a major victory for action on climate change. With a 52-42 vote in favour of the measure, including three Republican senators voting with Democrats, a major climate and environmental victory was achieved when they approved a measure that would restore the regulation of methane, the second most potent greenhouse gas (GHG) after CO2.

First of many important steps

Schumer, a Democrat, explained that the passing of this bill would help the Biden Administration carry out its ambitious emission reduction plans during the next decade.

“This is the first of many important steps the Senate will take” to achieve President Joe Biden‘s climate goals, he said.

Together with fellow Democrats Martin Heinrich and Ed Markey, as well…

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