Three Senate “Republicans” Save Obama’s Oppressive Methane Rule


Sens. John McCain (AZ), Susan Collins (ME), and Lindsey Graham (SC) joined with Democrats to keep Obama’s methane rule. The House rushed to pass a resolution overturning the Executive Branch rule in February. The Senate voted 51-49 to keep it.

The three are probably trying to stop the Trump agenda. If it hurts the Republican Party and the country, so be it.

McCain is a liberal who never misses a photo-op. He’s done a lot of damage to the Republican Party, always pushing them left. Lap dog Graham just does whatever McCain wants. Collins is another Democrat in Republican clothing.

McCain speaheaded this little mutiny and he’s not doing what is best for the country.

Congress had 60 legislative days to undo the regulations passed by the Executive Branch through a process called CRA and the time is up.

The methane rule sets standards for what oil and natural gas drillers on federal land must do to stop the waste of methane, the key component of natural gas, through venting or burning it at the well site.

Kate MacGregor, acting assistant secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals, said in a statement:

“As part of President Trump’s America-First Energy Strategy and executive order, the Department has reviewed and flagged the Waste Prevention rule as one we will suspend, revise or rescind given its significant regulatory burden that encumbers American energy production, economic growth and job creation.”

The department contends the rule will reduce rates of oil and gas production in the United States. Small independent oil and gas producers in states like North Dakota, Colorado, and New Mexico could be hit the hardest, MacGregor said.

The Bureau of Land Management rule for methane is duplicative as there already is an EPA rule that requires drillers to control their methane emissions from natural gas and oil wells.

That might not be the end of it, however. Trump’s Interior Department could repeal the rule itself though an extensive rulemaking process.

A Trump executive order in March instructed Interior and other agencies to roll back Obama’s climate agenda and other regulations that impede the production and use of domestic energy resources.

As a result, Interior is considering whether to repeal the BLM methane rule, but has not said what they will do one way or the other.

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