Cutting Methane Pollution: Safeguarding Health, Creating Jobs, and Protecting Our Climate

Friday, June 24, 2022 - 9:00am
210 Cannon House Office Building

This hearing will review community perspectives on the public health, climate, jobs, and economic benefits of cutting methane pollution from oil and gas infrastructure.



"Cutting harmful methane pollution will protect public health and the climate. It will catalyze the growth of new small businesses. And it will create tens of thousands of new jobs." - U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor



The committee will receive testimony from:

Patrice Tomcik, Senior National Field Manager, Moms Clean Air Force. Tomcik's advocacy and policy work focus on equitable solutions to protect children's health from air pollution and climate change. A resident of Pennsylvania, she first became involved with Moms Clean Air Force as a volunteer, joining other local parents to push for clean air safeguards after fracking was permitted at gas wells near her children’s schools.

Read Ms. Tomcik's testimony.

Sarah Ann Smith, Chief of Programs, Clean Air Task Force. A member of Clean Air Task Force's senior leadership team, Smith led the growth of the organization’s methane emissions reduction program, building up a small team into a substantial global operation on four continents. 

Read Ms. Smith's testimony.

Caroline Alden, PhD, Co-Founder & VP of Product & Markets, LongPath Technologies. Dr. Alden leads product and market development for LongPath Technologies, a greenhouse gas emissions monitoring service provider based in Boulder, Colorado. Prior to that, she earned a doctorate in Geology, worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's carbon cycle group on greenhouse gas flux algorithms, was a fellow at Stanford, and joined the atmospheric science research and development efforts at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Read Dr. Alden's testimony.

Dr. Robert L. Kleinberg, Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy. Dr. Kleinberg's current work focuses on the fields of energy technology and economics, as well as environmental and regulatory issues associated with the oil and gas industry. Dr. Kleinberg earned a PhD in Physics from the University of California, San Diego, and is a Senior Fellow at the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy.

Read Dr. Kleinberg's testimony.

117th Congress