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Methane Rule Stays Intact in Victory for Birds and Common Sense

Efforts to revoke regulation limiting methane waste on federal lands fails in the Senate.

WASHINGTON—“A bipartisan majority of Senators just showed us that common-sense solutions to our changing climate are still possible today. Keeping methane waste to a minimum on America’s public lands is a no-brainer that greatly benefits birds, taxpayers and public health,” said Matthew Anderson, Audubon’s VP of climate in response to the surprise outcome in the Senate this morning.

“Climate change is today’s biggest threat to birds. When our political leaders listen to the overwhelming majority of the American people who support reducing greenhouse-gas pollution, we know we can protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.”

In 2014, Audubon published its Birds and Climate Change Report. The study shows that more than half of the bird species in North America could lose at least half of their current ranges by 2080 due to rising temperatures. These species include the Bald Eagle, the American Kestrel and the Florida Scrub-Jay. Given the urgent threat climate change poses to birds and people, Audubon supports common-sense, bipartisan solutions that reduce carbon pollution at the speed and scale necessary.

Audubon is asking its members and supporters to urge the Trump Administration to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement. To learn more about Audubon’s efforts to protect birds from climate change, please visit www.audubon.org/climate.

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon's state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon's vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more how to help at www.audubon.org  and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @audubonsociety.

Contact: Nicolas Gonzalez, ngonzalez@audubon.org, (212) 979-3068.

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