The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has broken new ground and proposed its first-ever regulations on a potent source of greenhouse gas pollution—methane from the oil and natural gas industry. The new standards will reduce methane pollution leaking from oil and natural gas wells.
According to Audubon’s Climate Report, nearly half of all birds in North America are threatened by climate change. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more dangerous than carbon dioxide for our climate. It is critical that we reduce methane pollution as part of our work to reduce the threat of global warming and give birds a chance to survive in a warming world.
Regulating methane pollution is a win-win for people and birds. Methane and other toxic pollutants from oil and gas drilling threaten human health and our climate.
According to Audubon scientists, the Rufous Hummingbird may lose 100 percent of its winter range in the United States due to climate change.
Speak out for Rufous Hummingbirds and other climate-threatened birds—email the EPA today.
President & CEO, National Audubon Society