EPA’s 2016 Methane Rule: Should It Stay or Should It Go?
As part of a series examining US oil and gas sector regulations, this report analyzes the cost and benefits of repealing or modifying an EPA rule to regulate methane emissions under several scenarios.
- We estimate net costs to society of repealing the rule would be $27 million to $152 million using a global social cost of methane.
- Using the domestic social cost of methane, net benefits to society of repealing the rule are estimated at $285 million to $457 million.
- We find that certain modifications to EPA’s methane rule, such as excluding certain types of wells and adjusting leak surveying frequency, increase net benefits of the rule but decrease overall emissions reductions.
Common Resources — Sep 20, 2018
Relaxing EPA’s Methane Rule: Should It Stay or Should It Go?
We analyze the costs and benefits of the Trump administration’s new rule relaxing an Obama-era methane rule.
Report — Dec 6, 2023
Comparing the European Union Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, the Clean Competition Act, and the Foreign Pollution Fee Act
This report compares goals and designs of three border adjustment mechanisms: the European Union's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, the Clean Competition Act, and the Foreign Pollution Fee Act.
In Focus — Nov 28, 2023
In Focus: Native Nations and the Energy Transition
This video shares a brief overview of the economic dependence of some Native nations on fossil fuel production and the challenges of a transition to a clean energy system in the United States for these nations.