White House reportedly considering plan to dispatch Michael Moore along with an advanced BBQ grill team to eat the problem away.
In the latest climate change executive action, the White House unveiled a plan on Wednesday to regulate methane for the first time, aiming to reduce emissions from the oil and gas industry by 40-45 percent on 2012 levels by 2025.
On its face, that sounds like a big deal. And it will certainly get a mention in the State of the Union address on Tuesday. But like President Obama’s previously touted actions on climate change, the new methane regulations don’t pass the smell test. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)
Methane is a big driver of global warming, second only to carbon dioxide. But the thing is, in the short term—and when talking about climate change, the short term is increasingly important as we blow through the carbon budget—methane is vastly more efficient at warming the planet.