White House Launches Methane Emission Task Force To Boost Leak Detection
The task force was launched at the same time the White House is holding its first methane summit.
The Biden administration on 26 July launched a Cabinet-level task force that will corral federal agencies to use technology to detect leaks of the potent greenhouse gas methane and help federal and local officials enforce methane regulations.
The task force was launched at the same time the White House is holding its first methane summit, which is gathering federal, state, tribal, and local leaders involved in programs targeting methane emissions, as well as companies that have developed methane detection technology such as optical gas imaging cameras and satellites.
Although short-lived compared with carbon dioxide, methane is 80 times more potent and is responsible for nearly a third of planetary warming so far, making it a target for policy-makers seeking to combat climate change.
And, as the main component of natural gas, methane that escapes from pipes, compressors, and other technology wastes billions of dollars.
"Today, the Biden administration is turbocharging our efforts to cut wasteful and harmful methane leaks by harnessing innovative technologies and enlisting skilled workers in this urgent task," National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi said in a statement.