The Biden administration has created a new cabinet-level Methane Task Force to accelerate emissions reductions from the oil and gas industry.

The announcement was part of the first-ever White House Methane Summit held last week. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas with 80 times the near-term warming potential of carbon dioxide.

The task force is targeting abandoned or “orphaned” oil and gas wells, along with the United States’ roughly 3 million-mile natural gas pipeline network, in order to reduce leakage of methane into the atmosphere.

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The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency...