As part of its Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration issued a “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions” (the Methane Strategy) at the end of March 2014.  According to the Methane Strategy, methane emissions currently account for almost nine percent of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the United States.  While methane emissions have decreased since 1990, they are expected to increase over the next 15 years if no additional action is taken.  The Obama Administration’s Methane Strategy focuses on reducing methane emissions from landfills, coal mines, and the agriculture and oil and gas sectors.  Building on and updating existing programs is key to the strategy.  The key proposals for reducing methane emissions from these areas are outlined by sector below:
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