Senate votes to reinstate methane rules loosened by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are moving to reinstate regulations designed to limit potent greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields.

It’s part of a broader effort by the Biden administration to combat climate change. The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday that would undo an environmental rollback by President Donald Trump. The rule relaxed requirements of a 2016 Obama administration rule targeting methane emissions from oil and gas drilling. Democrats and environmentalists called the rollback egregious, noting that methane is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

The measure overturning the Trump-era rule now goes to the House, where approval is expected.

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