emissions reduction target would provide short-term warming benefit,
opportunity for international leadership
Washington (April 19, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey
(D-Mass.), Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear
Safety, today wrote to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. to encourage the Biden
administration to include methane emissions reduction targets in the national
commitments and dialogue at the Leaders Summit on Climate this week. Methane
has 80 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide over a 20-year
time period, and emissions of this potent greenhouse gas continue to rise.
Immediate methane reductions are feasible using existing technology and
regulatory powers, and would facilitate more ambitious economy-wide nationally
determined contributions (NDCs) of greenhouse gas reductions as part of the
Paris Climate Agreement negotiations.
“The impending NDC announcement provides a critical
opportunity to meet the worsening climate crisis with bold solutions, including
through a reduction in methane emissions,”
writes Senator Markey in the letter to President Biden. “The inclusion of a
specific methane emissions reduction target in the broader NDC and the
discussion of methane emissions at the Leaders Summit would help address
near-term global warming, support global methane reductions, and strengthen our
national response to the climate crisis.”
A copy of the letter can be found HERE.