Urge Congress to Preserve Regulations on Methane Emissions

Encourage your members of Congress to preserve the methane emissions regulations for the oil and gas industry concerning methane leaks in pipelines, wells, and storage facilities.

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Methane, the primary component of natural gas, has a global warming potential more than 25 times greater than that of carbon dioxide and is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted by human activities in the U.S.

Until recently, widely used calculations of methane’s radiative forcing (RF) had excluded any short wavelength effects. The inclusion of short wavelength effects impacts methane’s 100-year global warming potential (GWP), increasing it by 14 percent above the value currently provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Given the risks of methane emissions are higher than previously estimated, Congress should take action to preserve current methane emissions regulations and require a rigorous assessment of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry prior to any additional rollback of regulations.

Ask Congress to preserve methan emission regulations and require rigorous assessment before any future rollbacks!

The Impact of Personalized Emails

Although personalizing your email with your own experiences and anecdotes may take a few extra minutes, research shows that it is well worth the time. According to a Congressional Management Foundation survey, individualized emails are the second most effective method overall for positively influencing a member’s decision on an issue. Individualized email messages are also 64% more effective than form email messages.

Furthermore, 83% of congressional staff surveyed said that it would take more than 50 form emails for them to consider taking the action requested. On the other hand, 70% of staff said that it would take less than 50 personalized emails for them to consider taking action. We encourage you to personalize your emails to Congressional members in order to maximize the impact of your voice.

If your Congress member has not already arrived at a firm decision on an issue, which of the following advocacy strategies might have a positive influence on his/her decision?

How many emails are needed before you consider taking the requested action?