Senate Republicans introduce bill to repeal methane fee

By Emma Dumain | 05/28/2024 04:27 PM EDT

The Republican-controlled House has already passed legislation against the Inflation Reduction Act program.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with reporters at the Capitol. The Texas Republican is sponsoring legislation against the Inflation Reduction Act's methane reduction mandates. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Sen. Ted Cruz is leading an effort to repeal the Inflation Reduction Act program designed to curb leaks of methane — a highly potent, planet-warming greenhouse gas.

The legislation comes as the Texas Republican campaigns for reelection in an energy-producing state, where oil and gas operators have been largely critical of the fee created through the Democrats’ signature 2022 climate spending law.

“Joe Biden and Biden officials have proven time and time again that they care more about their radical climate agenda the needs of the American people,” Cruz said in a statement Tuesday announcing his introduction of the “Natural Gas Tax Repeal Act.”


The Biden administration, Cruz continued, “ha[s] driven up inflation and jeopardized American jobs and energy security, all of which would be made significantly worse by the methane emissions fee in the Inflation Reduction Act. This fee will particularly harm Texas by undermining producers in the Permian Basin and across the state.”