EPA’s New Methane Rules: A Cover-Up Story

The EPA’s cost-benefit analysis for its new rules to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry overstate (if not fabricate) the benefits. EPA has overstated or invented these benefits in order to cover-up the huge costs associated with the rule.

EPA claims that the benefits of the rule to the climate will be $690 million in 2025 while the costs are $520 million (including revenues from methane savings). But:

So the climate benefits are more likely to be zero than any other number.

EPA claims that its methane rules will reduce ozone formation and, therefore, the alleged health effects of ozone, like asthma and even death.

  • But EPA knows from its own human experiments that ozone does not trigger or cause asthma. Ozone triggers lying not asthma
  • The notion that ozone (or really anything in outdoor air) causes heart problems or death is even more far-fetched. This article was written for particulate matter in outdoor air but a similar analysis holds for ozone as well. Also this new large study accepted for publication shows that ozone is not associated with death.

So these alleged health benefits are imaginary and, therefore, are zero as well.

What we’re left with is a rule that will impose huge costs ($520 million in 2025) for zero benefit.

One thought on “EPA’s New Methane Rules: A Cover-Up Story”

  1. So, what is the EPA going to do with all the natural methane escaping from Earth every minute of every day since the beginning of Earth time?


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