Methane is the second largest driver of global warming after carbon dioxide emissions. Scientists say the promised cuts could help avert the worst consequences of climate change.
The office will be the first government effort to focus specifically on the public health dangers of global warming.
Under a draft plan Democrats are circulating, the Treasury Department would tax a handful of the biggest emitters of planet-warming pollution to pay for climate change.
The party’s $3.5 trillion budget plan would include a carbon tariff, as well as a host of other climate actions.
A small but growing number of Republicans say the G.O.P needs a coherent climate strategy and form a “Conservative Climate Caucus” on Capitol Hill.
Over the past month the Biden administration has defended three significant oil and gas projects, raising concerns among environmentalists that climate policy is being undermined