Press Release

The Methane Rule Delay: An Objective Review by RFF Researchers of Costs and Benefits

Oct 5, 2017

WASHINGTON—In a blog posted today by Resources for the Future, Senior Fellow Alan Krupnick and Research Assistant Isabel Echarte make an unflinching assessment entitled: Truth in Advertising: Will the Trump Administration’s Proposed Methane Rule Deferral Save on Costs?

The co-authors’ analysis begins: “The Trump administration is touting the cost savings of its proposal and accompanying regulatory impact analysis (RIA) to delay until January 2019 the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) methane rule, aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas activities on federal lands.” After their stringent review of the analysis, they conclude that “the cost savings hyped by the Trump administration are less compelling than they first appear. Beyond the consideration of cost savings, if the proposal is made final, some climate benefits will be deferred as well.”

Read the full blog here: Truth in Advertising: Will the Trump Administration’s Proposed Methane Rule Deferral Save on Costs?

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