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In Latest Climate Retreat, Trump Proposes Ending Methane Curbs (1)

Aug. 29, 2019, 3:27 PMUpdated: Aug. 29, 2019, 6:22 PM

The Trump administration is seeking to abandon regulations designed to stop methane leaks from oil and gas wells, a move opposed not just by environmentalists but even some energy companies that worry it will undermine the appeal of natural gas as climate-friendly fossil fuel.

The proposal, unveiled Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency, is the latest assault in President Donald Trump’s campaign to weaken Obama-era measures fighting climate change, building on previous efforts to ease greenhouse gas emission limits on power plants and automobiles.

Although methane is the chief component of natural gas and therefore a valuable energy source in ...