Attorney General James Files Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration on Weakening Climate Change Protections Yet Again

Posted to Applied Web NY on Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:21

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James, joining a coalition of 24 states and municipalities, filed a lawsuit challenging the first of a set of rules issued by the Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) eliminating controls on emissions of methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful pollutants from new, reconstructed, and modified facilities in the oil and natural gas industry. Methane is a super-greenhouse gas, up to 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide in its ability to trap heat over a 20-year timeframe. According to the EPA’s own estimates, the rollback of these standards will increase emissions of methane by 850,000 tons between 2021 and 2030 — or 19,000,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent — accelerating the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change. The accompanying rollback of controls on volatile organic compounds and other pollutants threatens public health, particularly to children, older adults, and those suffering from chronic lung disease and asthma.

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