March 10, 2016

Statement from NextGen Climate America COO Dan Lashof on the U.S.- Canada joint commitment to reduce methane emissions

Today, the Obama Administration announced a joint commitment between the United States and Canada to take action to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. Recent data show that the total amount of methane in the atmosphere rose sharply over the last decade, and North America could be largely responsible for the increase in emissions.

“As the recent Aliso Canyon disaster here in California shows, methane and toxic air pollution from the oil and gas sector are a grave threat to our public health. Today, President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau demonstrated leadership and cooperation by committing to regulate all sources of methane from the oil and gas industry in pursuit of cutting the U.S. and Canadian emissions from this sector by 40 to 45 percent. This is a critical step to protecting the health and safety of our children and our climate. We look forward to further collaboration between the United States and Canada to meet the commitments made in Paris.”