methane pollution

Public Letter on Methane Pollution 

EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC)
Environmental Protection Agency
Mail Code 28221T
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
Washington, DC 20460.
Submitted Online

Re: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0204

August 1, 2016

Dear EPA Staff:

We the undersigned pro-life Christian leaders write to thank all of you at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for everything you do to protect the health of all Americans, especially children and the unborn.  This includes your work on methane pollution from both new and existing sources.  We are joined by nearly 92,000 pro-life Christians in offering our support for the EPA’s efforts to reduce methane pollution.

This letter is a public comment on the need for information necessary to create effective standards under the Clean Air Act section 111(d) for existing sources in the oil and gas industry.

The reason we are submitting the public comment is because we want children to be born healthy and unhindered by the ravages of pollution even before they take their first breadth.  Studies have shown that smog, VOCs, and air toxics have a disproportionate impact upon life in the womb.  Leaks in our natural gas infrastructure spew out smog precursors, as well as other toxic pollutants and cancer-causing agents like benzene. 

We also want the unborn and those yet to be born to have a world free of dangerous climate change.  Yet today from our natural gas infrastructure large amounts of methane are being released, a climate pollutant 86 times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat over a 20-year timeframe.  And it is what we do over the next 20 years that will determine whether our struggle to overcome climate change will be won or lost.  That is why reducing methane is morally strategic.

We recognize the complexity involved in regulating hundreds of thousands of existing sources and determining the “best system of emission reduction” (BSER) as required by the Clean Air Act.  The proposed information gathering from industry is essential to this task, and there is no time to lose.

Given this, we greatly appreciate the commitment President Obama made with Prime Minister Trudeau on March 10 to “move swiftly” to reduce methane pollution, and their reiteration of this commitment with Mexico’s President Nieto on June 29.

As you strive to do so, keep these words from the Apostle Paul in mind: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9).

Sincerely,

Pastor Kadjo Assemein, Mission International D’Evangelisation (MIE), East Orange, NJ

Rev. Jim Ball, Executive Vice-President, Evangelical Environmental Network, Vienna, VA

Rev. Leroy Barber, Founder, Voices Project, Portland, OR

Brittany R. Bennett, Steering Committee Member, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Topeka, KS

Gary P. Bergel, Director, Heritage Harvest International, Shepherdstown, WV

Lowell Bliss, Director, Eden Vigil, Manhattan, KS

Susan Power Bratton, PhD, Professor of Environmental Studies, Waco, TX

Paulo Brito, Creation Care Champion, Ft. Collins, CO

Rev. Ed Brown, Executive Director, Care of Creation, Madison, WI

Rev. Dr. Dan Boone, President, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

Dorothy Boorse, PhD, Professor of Biology, Gordon College, MA

Greg Bowman, Creation Care Champion, Greenford, OH

Woody Bowman, Creation Care Champion, West Tisburry, MA

Rev. Phil Covert, Associate Pastor, Pine Grove Church, York, PA

Kevin Crosby, Steering Committee Member, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Rapid City, SD

Jeff Crawford, Music Director, The Gathering Church, Durham, NC

Bill Deutsch, PhD, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Robb De Haan, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

David Dornbos, PhD, Professor of Biology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Dr. Chris Farrell, Ph.D., Director Medical Technology and Emeritus Professor of Biology and The Environment, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

Rev. Dan Flores, Creation Care Champion, Fort Worth, TX

Rev. Steve Fortenberry, Founder, Goodness Grows; Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Greenwood, MS

David K. Foster, PhD, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA

Rev. Justin Fung, Teaching Pastor, The District Church, Washington DC

Dodd Galbreath, Professor and Director the Institute of Sustainable Practice, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

Rick Gasaway, Author, An Inconvenient Purpose, Kansas City, KS

Luke A. Gascho, Ed.D., Executive Director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, IN

Philip Heu-Weller, Creation Care Champion, Portland, OR

Rev. Dr. Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland Church, Longwood, FL

Pastor Javoris Gatlin, Logansport, LA

Jeff Greenberg, PhD, Professor of Geology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Dr. Phyllis Heath, Bethesda Temple, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, OH

Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox, President & CEO, Evangelical Environmental Network, New Freedom, PA

Tim Hoiland, Hoiland Media, Phoenix, AZ

Benjamin K. Homan, President, Langham Partnership USA (formerly John Stott Ministries), Cave Creek, AZ

Dan Ippolito, PhD, Anderson University, Anderson, IN

Cheryl Bridges Johns, PhD, Professor of Spiritual Renewal and Christian Formation, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland,  TN

Allen Johnson, Christians For The Mountains, Dunmore, WV

Rev. Tracy Johnson, Rhema International Church Shreveport, LA,

Rev. Dr. Charlotte Keys, Executive Director, Jesus People Against Pollution, Columbia, MS

Andrew Kinzer, Steering Committee Member, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Ann Arbor, MI

John Korstad, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK

Rachel Lamb, Chair, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, College Park, MD

Alexei Laushkin, Vice-President, Evangelical Environmental Network, Falls Church, VA

Nick Laushkin, Creation Care Team, La Verne Heights Presbyterian, La Verne, CA

Ben Lowe, Senior Advisor, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Gainesville, FL

Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Ambassador, General Superintendent Emeritus, The Wesleyan Church, Indianapolis, IN

Haley Main, Creation Care Champion, Bronx, NY

Rev. Dr. Emilio Marrero Jr., Senior Pastor, Berachah Church, Philadelphia, PA

Rev. David McCullough, Pastor, Spry Church, York, PA

Laura S. Meitzner Yoder, Director, Human Needs and Global Resources Program, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Jonathan Merritt, faith and culture writer, senior columnist, Religion News Service, New York, NY

Richard Morris M.Div, Christian Education Coordinator, First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, MN

Kaleb Nyquist, Director of Student Ministries, Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago, IL

Apostle Bobby Orange, Christ Kingdom People Ministry, Jacksonville, FL

Luke Overstreet, Communications Coordinator, Young Evangelicals for Cliamte Action, Warrenville, IL

Clay Pope, Creation Care Champion, Loyal, OK

Rev. J.D. Punch, Pastor, Denver, CO

Ron Preston, Creation Care Champion, Barnesville, OH

Thomas R. Roose, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics & Science Education; Chair, Physics Department, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL

Rev. Luke Schrock-Hurst, Virginia Representative, Mennonite Central Committee, East Coast, Harrisonburg, VA

Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, Pastor, Iglesia El Calvario, New York, New York

Rev. Chris Charles Scott, Nevada Green Pastors Association, Las Vegas, NV

Sally Slotterback, Creation Care Champion, Ashland, PA

Rev. Joshua Smith, Community Activist, Baltimore, MD

Rev. Jeremy Summers, Director of Spiritual Formation, Church Multiplication, & Discipleship, Wesleyan Church, Indianapolis, IN

Jack Swearingen, Creation Care Champion, Santa Rosa, CA

Rev. Jeremy Summers, Director of Spiritual Formation, Church Multiplication, & Discipleship, Wesleyan Church, Indianapolis, IN

Felicia Thompson, Director of Domestic Mission, Christ Church Oak Brook, Oak Brook, IL

Noah Toly, PhD, Director of the Center for Urban Engagement, Wheaton College, IL

Peter Vander Meulen, Coordinator, Office of Social Justice, Christian Reforemd Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Anthony Waldrop, Steering Committee Chair, Young Evangelicals for Cliamte Action, Astoria, OR

Randy C. Walls, D.Min., Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Practical Theology, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, MO

Lisa Watson, Creation Care Champion, Washington DC

Brian Webb, Sustainability Coordinator, Houghton College, NY

*Signatories do so as individuals; titles and organizations are given for identification purposes only.

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  • commented 2017-07-09 11:11:08 -0400
    If we are serious about climate change, pollution, deforestation and oppression of the poor to beneift the wealthy, we will encourage all followers of Christ to cease immediatly, spending money to support animal agriculture by commiting to a totally plant-based diet (Daniel 1:12). The following is an exerpt from the EPA’s report on methane production:

    Agriculture. Domestic livestock such as cattle, buffalo, sheep, and goats produce large amounts of CH4 as part of their normal digestive process. Also, when animals’ manure is stored or managed in lagoons or holding tanks, CH4 is produced. Because humans raise these animals for food and other products, the emissions are considered human-related. (When livestock and manure emissions are combined, the Agriculture sector is the primary source of CH4 emissions). For more information, see the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks Agriculture chapter.
  • commented 2017-03-02 12:57:58 -0500
    If you are eating beef or feeding your children beef you are contributing to the number one source of methane production, animal agriculture. It is also the leading cause of green house gases, more than all the transportation sectors combined.