Politics Shell endorses Democrats' move to cancel Trump rollback of methane regulations
The Special Tool Dems Aren't Using to Nuke Trump Regulations
Protections for cleaner air and water, habitats for endangered birds, workplace protections for truckers—those were just a few of the federal regulations eroded in the twilight of the Trump administration. For the first months of 2021, Democrats in Congress had the power, theirs alone, to realize those goals by repealing a flurry of rules enacted in the twilight of the Trump administration. But largely, they haven’t. With time running out, they’re not especially worried about it. Under the Congressional Review Act, a complex and controversial Clinton-era law, the legislative branch has the authority to reject proposed executive branch rules within a given timeframe.
Oil and gas giant Shell lent its support Wednesday to an effort by Democrats to use a procedural tool tothat would essentially block the Environmental Protection Agency from controlling methane emissions from fossil fuel production.
European-based Shell became the first oil major to endorse a resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich and Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, who caucuses with Democrats, to use the Congressional Review Act to scrap the Trump administration methane rollback.
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The resolution is co-sponsored by more than a dozen other senators, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“We urge Congress to approve the methane resolution under the Congressional Review Act,” Shell’s U.S. division wrote in a.
Environmentalists said Shell’s endorsement could encourage other big oil companies to do the same.
“It’s good to see Shell support the methane CRA, and we expect more companies to follow soon,” said Ben Ratner, senior director with the Environmental Defense Fund+Business. “Reinstating methane regulation is a no-brainer for cutting emissions, addressing investor ESG concerns, and supporting the global competitiveness of American natural gas.”
The CRA allows both chambers of Congress to pass a joint resolution to end recently implemented regulations, requiring only a simple majority vote from the Senate, so they can be fast-tracked to come to the floor. Congress must vote on CRA resolutions by mid-May.
Supreme Court refuses to take up Trump suit about Wisconsin election results
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The Trump EPA action that King and Heinrich are targeting limited the agency's ability to regulate methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas facilities directly.
The Trump administration removed requirements that oil and gas drillers monitor, detect, and repair leaks of methane. Instead, oil and gas operators would only be required to curb emissions of related pollutants called volatile organic compounds.
Oil and gas trade groups such as the American Petroleum Institute cheered the action at the time, while individual majors such as BP and Shell criticized the move. Since President Joe Biden’s election, API and several other oil lobby groups haveto support direct regulation of methane from their operations. API, however, has not weighed in on Democrats' move to cancel the Trump methane rollback through the CRA.
Biden's world climate summit must include a pledge to tackle methane emissions
The world will be watching when Biden takes to the podium to reintroduce the U.S. on the world stage. By announcing a strong goal to tackle methane emissions, he can take an immediate bite out of U.S. emissions and usher in a new era of U.S. leadership on climate change. Sarah Smith is the Program Director, Super Pollutants at Clean Air Task Force.
Biden has promised aggressive methane regulations as part of his climate agenda.
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Lauren Underwood endorses Jennifer Carroll Foy in Virginia governors race .
Illinois Rep. Lauren Underwood (D) endorsed former Virginia Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D) in Virginia's governor's race on Thursday amid a slew of high-profile endorsements in the Democratic primary. "Jennifer knows what it's like to face a healthcare system that diminishes the concerns of Black women, and shoulder the cost of childcare, which is why she has been and will continue to be a steadfast fighter for working families across the Commonwealth as the next Governor of Virginia," Underwood, the youngest Black woman serving in Congress, said in a statement released exclusively to The Hill.