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Trump administration wants to make it easier to release methane into air

The new rules follow two regulatory rollbacks this year that, taken together, represent the foundation of the United States' effort to rein in global warming

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington
File photo of US President Donald Trump

The Trump administration, taking its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change, is preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere. Methane, which is among the most powerful greenhouse gases, routinely leaks from oil and gas wells, and energy companies have long said that the rules requiring them to test for emissions were costly and burdensome. The Environmental Protection Agency, perhaps as soon as this week, plans to make public a proposal to weaken an Obama-era requirement that ...