Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. While it exists in the atmosphere in lower concentrations than carbon dioxide, it is exponentially more potent as an atmospheric heat trapper. While it comes from a variety of sources, including agriculture and landfills, the most significant and preventable source of methane in New Mexico is from oil and gas development. In fact, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense 93% of methane waste in New Mexico is AVOIDABLE. Furthermore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change commonly known as the IPCC, reported in November of 2018 that methane seepage from oil and gas is the number avoidable contributor to climate change and is something we need to urgently act upon now.