OBAMA AND TRUDEAU AGREE TO CUT METHANE EMISSIONS FROM OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

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10 march 2016

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By Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, March 10 2016

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Obama and Trudeau.... announced they would seek a 40 to 45 percent reduction in methane emissions below 2012 levels by the oil and gas industry by 2025, and to meet that commitment both governments said they would regulate emissions from existing sources, not just new wells.

The Environmental Protection Agency will begin drafting regulations immediately, according to a joint statement from the two leaders.

The oil and gas industry is the single largest source of methane emissions in the United States and globally. Mark Brownstein, vice president of climate and energy at the Environmental Defense Fund, said the proposed cut in emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, would be like closing a third of the world’s coal plants.

The United States and Canada agreed joint steps to fight climate change, including cutting methane emissions from oil and gas operations and signing last year's Paris climate deal "as soon as feasible." (Reuters)

“This is arguably the single biggest, most impactful, most immediate thing we can do to slow the rate of warming right now,” Brownstein said.

Obama and Trudeau also pledged to safeguard the Arctic with a series of initiatives that will protect more than 10 percent of the marine areas, designate shipping corridors with low environmental impact, and establish new offshore oil and gas leasing plans, White House officials said.

The focus on the Arctic reflects both a shared sense of alarm about growing signs of climate change in the region and the fruits of Trudeau’s victory last fall over the previous Conservative Party prime minister, Stephen Harper.

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