Cantwell's argument may have persuaded "swing voters" to oppose scrapping the methane rule entirely, as she painted the CRA resolution as too blunt an instrument.
"We should be able to go a long way to reduce methane leaks", Weissman said.
Prior to that encounter, McCain had committed to voting for the joint resolution. Afterward, McCain changed his vote.
"I'll never know.if our visit made him call Sen".
The API says that innovations leading to increased use of cleaner-burning natural gas are the main reason United States energy-related carbon emissions have fallen to levels not seen since the early 1990s, but that the existing rule will stifle those innovations.
The Bureau of Land Management enacted the regulation last November.
"Using the Congressional Review Act to overturn the rule would have been far too blunt an instrument to use, when administrative fixes can more effectively address any concerns with the methane waste rule". A motion to advance legislation that would repeal a methane emissions rule was defeated Wednesday morning in a 51-49 vote. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
"Today is a good day for the pocketbook and health of people in my county, and for all Americans".
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Methane, scientists say, accelerates climate change and Obama's administration said in issuing the new rule that it would prevent 180,000 tons of methane from being emitted into the atmosphere.
Critics of the rule said it adds unnecessary costs and regulations to oil and gas companies.
Environmentalists lauded Wednesday's vote.
In that statement, Center for Western Priorities noted that Gardner has received more than $1 million in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry throughout his career. Some of that lost gas is excess or dirty natural gas that can't be sold or transported.
Methane is the most significant human-caused greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. Methane can warm the atmosphere at a rate of almost 30 times that of carbon dioxide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
"Some governments are starting to take methane seriously - up to a point", said Steve Weissman, associate director of the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment.
Even with the defeat in the Senate, efforts to repeal the methane rule might not be all together over.
Democrats and environmental groups say the new rules are necessary to protect the public health while still allowing energy producers to generate millions in revenue for state, local and tribal governments.
But Nicholas Lund with the National Parks Conservation Association said that the Senate vote shows Congress has "decided to honor years of work and input" from sportsmen, communities, tribes and other stakeholders on how best to manage our natural resources.
"In recent months, thousands of Americans asked the Senate to stand up for clean air and against the oil lobby, and their efforts were successful today", said Jamie Williams, president of the Wilderness Society.
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