WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the below statement following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of a new methane emissions proposal:

“As I’ve said time and time again, we should not demonize an industry that is part of the lifeblood of our economy, especially as our country and much of the world face severe energy supply constraints as we head into winter. Instead, we should be acknowledging the emissions reductions accomplishments we have made and look for more ways to further incentivize those reductions. This move by the Biden administration is yet another attack on U.S. energy. If today’s announcement by the EPA wasn’t enough, Congressional Democrats continue to look at imposing a methane fee, really a natural gas tax, that would not only make already elevated heating, electricity, and fuel costs even more expensive, but also it would put jobs in energy-producing states like West Virginia at risk.” 

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