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President Biden presents his national statement at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday. Photo: Andy Buchanan - Pool/Getty Images

The Biden administration announced Tuesday plans to reduce methane emissions from the gas and oil sector.

Why it matters: For the first time ever, the Environmental Protection Agency would move to regulate new and existing oil and gas operations for methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas, Biden administration officials said at a briefing.

The big picture: The proposal follows Biden's executive order in January directing the EPA to issue regulations under the Clean Air Act to reduce the oil and gas industry's methane emissions. The president was expected to announce the new plan at COP26 later Tuesday.

  • The proposed rules would target methane leaks and occurrences of the gas being purposefully vented during production, according to the officials.
  • About 75% of all methane emissions would be covered by the new EPA rule, the officials said.

Of note: A sweeping UN report found in May that methane emissions from sources including oil and gas and agriculture have contributed to thousands more deaths per year from air pollution than previously thought — while simultaneously leading to a rapid increase in global average temperatures.

  • The world would need to cut 40-45% of human-caused global methane emissions by 2030 in order to avoid 0.3°C of warming, the report warned.

Go deeper: Biden's climate plan will require creativity and persuasion

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

Go deeper

Updated Jan 15, 2022 - Energy & Environment

Earth's climate went off the rails in 2021, reports show

Temperature departures from average in degrees Celsius during 2021. (Berkeley Earth).

Global warming became local to a new and devastating extent in 2021, with the year ranking as the sixth-warmest on record, according to new, independent data from NASA, NOAA and Berkeley Earth.

Why it matters: Each year's data adds to the relentless long-term trend, which shows rapid warming due overwhelmingly to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions during the past several decades in particular.

Jan 14, 2022 - Podcasts

Biden's epic failures

President Biden hasn’t been seeing a lot of wins lately. We’re almost a year into Biden’s presidency, and Republicans, moderate and liberal Democrats all seem to be at odds with his agenda.

  • Plus, curbing carbon emissions by changing how planes land.

Guests: Axios' Mike Allen, Margaret Talev, and Andrew Freedman.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Julia Redpath, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Lydia McMullen-Laird, Sabeena Singhani and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jan 14, 2022 - Energy & Environment

Biden's latest Fed pick signals brewing climate battles

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Biden's plan to tap Sarah Bloom Raskin as top banking regulator at the Federal Reserve could intensify the central bank's already growing focus on climate change.

Catch up fast: The news broke Thursday night that Biden will nominate Raskin, a Duke University law professor, for the powerful role of vice chair for supervision.