Climate Cast: The science behind methane gas

Methane is the "second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities" according to the EPA.

"Molecule for molecule it is far more powerful than carbon dioxide," said Rob Jackson.

Jackson and Huttner also discussed the new plan issued by the White Hosue to cut methane emissions:

The Obama Administration unveiled plans Tuesday that would curb the methane that leaks from facilities related to oil and natural gas production. Methane is one of the greenhouse gases that trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere.

Overall, the administration aims to cut emissions from oil and gas production by up to 45% over the next decade when compared to 2012 levels. Tuesday's proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency would apply to new natural gas wells, and also require producers to fix leaks in equipment such as pipelines and pumps and other equipment used to transport methane.

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