Methane is a greenhouse gas, emitted both by natural sources and from human activity. Methane is also the largest component of natural gas, the product that companies sell. Operators have every incentive to capture and sell as much of this product as possible to American consumers, rather than letting it escape into the atmosphere. And independent oil and natural gas producers have made great strides in reducing our carbon footprint by cutting emissions without raising energy costs.
In fact, the United States leads the world in the reduction of carbon emissions, even as the production of U.S. oil and natural gas continues to increase. Thanks primarily to greater availability of clean-burning natural gas, the rise in its use is market-driven not regulation-driven. It doesn’t take top-down mandates from Washington, D.C. to recognize the benefits of clean-burning natural gas as an affordable, reliable, and abundant power source.