Survey Shows Americans Agreeing on Methane RegulationSource: American Lung Association | 19 December 2014
Americans overwhelmingly support the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishing the first federal limits on methane emissions, according to new data released today from a nationwide, bipartisan survey conducted for the American Lung Association. Moreover, an overwhelming bipartisan majority of American voters supports the efforts of the EPA to establish stricter air pollution standards overall and believes that EPA scientists, not Congress, should be the ones to make these decisions.
“It is clear that the public supports stronger public health safeguards for the air we breathe,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “Cutting methane and toxic air pollutants like benzene is a winner with the American people.”
Respondents rated clean air as a higher priority than reducing regulations on businesses, with 80% of respondents rating it as extremely or very important. By more than a three-to-one margin (69% in favor to 21% opposed), voters want the EPA, not Congress, to set the nation’s air pollution standards.
On the specific issue of methane pollution standards to address air pollution from the oil and gas industry, an overwhelming two-to-one majority favors new methane emissions standards from the EPA. Support for the new standards actually grew after voters heard simulated and balanced arguments that included the strongest messages from both sides of the issue (including attacks from opponents on cost and jobs), resulting in majority support across the political spectrum, including from Republicans.