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Kuster Joins President Biden at White House Signing Ceremony To Reinstate Obama-era Methane Emissions Standards

**These standards which are crucial to addressing climate change were rolled back by the previous administration**


Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, joined a signing ceremony at the White House for a Resolution of Disapproval, introduced under the Congressional Review Act, to rescind a rule the Trump administration put in place on Nov. 16, 2020 to weaken, and in some cases fully eliminate, the requirements that oil and natural gas companies limit the amount of methane coming from their operations.


The resolution reinstates Obama-era standards for limiting greenhouse gas emissions, enacts rules targeting leaks of methane from oil and gas operations, and finalizes amendments to new source performance standards under the Clean Air Act for the oil and natural gas sector, such as an amendment that removed limitations on methane emissions.


“I was proud to join my colleagues and President Biden at the White House today for the signing of this important legislation which will help empower the U.S. to combat climate change and restore the progress that was rolled back during the previous administration,” said Rep. Kuster. “In the House Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee, we look forward to our continued work with the Biden administration to address climate change and support clean energy. Reducing methane emissions is one of the single most important actions that Congress can take to combat the climate crisis, and the legislation signed into law today puts us back on track. I will continue working in Congress to advance legislation to build the clean energy economy of the future that will protect our climate and our communities for generations to come.”


A member of the House Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee and House Agriculture Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee, Kuster is a leader in Congress in the effort to combat climate change, preserve the environment, and create the clean energy economy of the future. Earlier this month, Kuster visited a site along the Merrimack River to discuss a recently awarded $6.8 million USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service grant to protect source water, revitalize wildlife habitats, and boost climate resilience within the Merrimack River watershed.