House Republicans Ready Bill To Overturn Methane Rule
Congressional Republicans are not wasting any time going after former president Barack Obama’s climate change legacy.
House Republicans are putting the final touches on legislation to overturn an Obama executive order limiting the amount of methane that can be vented and flared from oil and gas drilling sites on federal lands. The bill, along with another piece of legislation overturning an order protecting streams and wildlife around coal mines, is set to be introduced on 30 January.
“These are abusive, last minute regulations that are grossly inconsistent with congressional intent,” Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said in a conference call on 27 January. “They will impose a real and unnecessary cost on American people and communities.”
A day after a Republican retreat in Philadelphia headlined by President Donald Trump, party leaders are gearing up to roll back federal regulation at large. At a meeting in the White House earlier this week, Trump told business leaders he wants to see federal rules reduced by three quarters.