Call Congress to Uphold Methane Safeguards

Stop Congress from Repealing the BLM Methane Rule 

“The Earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it.” Psalm 24:1

As Christians, we are called to be stewards of all creation and not waste the gifts God has given. With strong support from the Christian community, the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized the Methane and Natural Gas Rule (Methane Rule) in November 2016. This rule reduces methane waste in the atmosphere by requiring that oil and gas operators control methane emissions. We are also called to share the gifts of creation with each other and with future generations. This rule helps our nation to steward these resources in the manner they were intended. It helps to protect creation from climate change harm and it decreases the waste of God’s gift.  

The Methane Rule was finalized after extensive consultation with stakeholders, but now Congress is utilizing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal it. The CRA allows Congress to overturn recently passed rules. This tool is not a good means of governing in most circumstances, and it would be particularly ill advised to use it here.  

Why is the Methane Rule important?

Methane is a greenhouse gas that is more potent than carbon dioxide, thereby having a greater effect on climate change in the near term. Methane in the atmosphere leads to significant public health consequences. Additionally, when this rule was released, the DOI said it would “help ensure a fair return for taxpayers, who receive royalties from the sale of oil and gas extracted on federal land, while also helping combat the release of a harmful climate-warming greenhouse gas.” DOI estimated the rule would cut methane emissions by 35 percent. Similar rules were implemented in Colorado in 2014 with great success, particularly from a health and an economic perspective.

In order to repeal the rule, CRA action is required in both the House and the Senate, and then the President must give approval. Here is where we are now: The House has already voted to repeal the rule and the Senate is likely to hold its vote within the next week. The Senate must be urged to vote no on the BLM Methane CRA Resolution. This rule safeguards human health and protects God’s creation. It reduces waste of a precious gift of God. 

Please take action on the new BLM methane rules today below! Share this message and urge your friends and community leaders to reach out to Congress!  

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