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President Biden to halt new oil and gas leasing on US lands

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President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on U.S. lands, as his administration moves quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment and address climate change.

Two people with knowledge of Biden’s plans outlined the proposed moratorium, which will be announced Wednesday. They asked not to be identified because the plan has not been made been public; some details remain in flux.

The move follows a 60-day suspension of new drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters announced last week and follows Biden’s campaign pledge to halt new drilling on federal lands and end the leasing of publicly owned energy reserves as part of his plan to address climate change. The moratorium is intended to allow time for officials to review the impact of oil and gas drilling on the environment and climate.

Environmental groups hailed the expected moratorium as the kind of bold, urgent action needed to slow climate change.

“The fossil fuel industry has inflicted tremendous damage on the planet. The administration’s review, if done correctly, will show that filthy fracking and drilling must end for good, everywhere,’’ said Kierán Suckling, executive director at the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group that has pushed for the drilling pause.

Oil industry groups slammed the move, saying Biden had already eliminated thousands of oil and gas jobs by killing the Keystone XL oil pipeline on his first day in office.

“This is just the start. It will get worse,’’ said Brook Simmons, president of the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma. “Meanwhile, the laws of physics, chemistry and supply and demand remain in effect. Oil and natural gas prices are going up, and so will home heating bills, consumer prices and fuel costs.’’

Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, which represents oil and gas drillers in Western states, said the expected executive order is intended to delay drilling on federal lands to the point where it is no longer viable.

“The environmental left is leading the agenda at the White House when it comes to energy and environment issues,’’ she said, noting that the moratorium would be felt most acutely in Western states such as Utah, Wyoming and Alaska, where Biden lost to former President Donald Trump.

Under Trump, federal agencies prioritized energy development and eased environmental rules to speed up drilling permits as part of the Republican’s goal to boost fossil fuel production. Trump consistently downplayed the dangers of climate change, which Biden, a Democrat, has made a top priority.

On his first day in office last Wednesday, Biden signed a series of executive orders that underscored his different approach — rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, revoking approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and telling agencies to immediately review dozens of Trump-era rules on science, the environment and public health.

A 60-day suspension order at the Interior Department did not limit existing oil and gas operations under valid leases, meaning activity would not come to a sudden halt on the millions of acres of lands in the West and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico where much drilling is concentrated. The moratorium also is unlikely to affect existing leases. Its effect could be further blunted by companies that stockpiled enough drilling permits in Trump’s final months to allow them to keep pumping oil and gas for years.

The pause in drilling is limited to federal lands and does not affect drilling on private lands, which is largely regulated by states.

Oil and gas extracted from public lands and waters account for about a quarter of annual U.S. production. Extracting and burning those fuels generates the equivalent of almost 550 million tons (500 million metric tons) of greenhouse gases annually, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a 2018 study.

Under Trump, Interior officials approved almost 1,400 permits on federal lands, primarily in Wyoming and New Mexico, over a three-month period that included the election, according to an Associated Press analysis of government data. Those permits, which remain valid, will allow companies to continue drilling for years, potentially undercutting Biden’s climate agenda.

Chicagotribune



14 Comments on "President Biden to halt new oil and gas leasing on US lands"

  1. Theedrich on Tue, 26th Jan 2021 6:03 pm 

    The U.S. = nice platitudes + grisly cruelty. The obverse of Uncle Sam’s smiling face is its demonic massacre of 800,000 Whites in a Civil War;  the birth of genocidal Communism in Russia and China;  the killing of up to half of the North Korean population in a stalemated war;  the senseless abandonment and betrayal of South Vietnam and Cambodia to vast Red slaughter;  countless Serbian deaths after the collapse of the USSR;  forever wars in various Allahlands;  plus the murder of millions of Germans, Japanese and others — all in order to make the world safe for “democracy” and to “end all war.”

    Stringpulling Jews love it.

    Now, however, the endemic American insanity is coming home to roost.  With the COVID pandemic, the offshoring of U.S. manufacturing, the importation of all fecal matter from the entire 3rd World, the exaltation of freaks, defectives, ignorami and grinning criminals to the status of role models, the perversion of science and the exhaustion of physical resources of all sorts along with global pollution, the delirium is facing its comeuppance.

    There will be no return to “normal.”  Only creeping destitution remains for the millions who have insensately driven this long spiral into the abyss.

    Because Nature always wins.

  2. DT on Tue, 26th Jan 2021 11:22 pm 

    New gas and oil leases are not in demand by the oil and gas industry. So Biden and Co. are are trying to twist this lack of demand into an environmental win for the new administration.

  3. YouDeserveDeathFucktard on Wed, 27th Jan 2021 1:45 am 

    Look at this little piece of shit with his shitty wind mill on the right.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05zDDZI653o

    I want to know fucking loser, how is it working out for you to use your population as slave labor to please rich globalists from Europe, Israel and the USA.

    You have a birth rate below 1. Your fucking economy is about to shut down because of low birth rate, peak oil and natural resource depletion. Are you still proud of yourself as a prime minister.

    I want to see how good your shitty wind mill will work in snow.

    Madrid’s Record-Breaking Snowstorm Killed Half a Million Trees

    https://electroverse.net/madrids-record-breaking-snowstorm-killed-half-a-million-trees/

    You pieces of shit globalists still think that Klauss Schwab of the world garbage forum is a man of windows. THe guy is a total nut job and con man. You really deserve to be killed by your own populace to be that stupid. That what happen you worship an imbecile like Klauss Schwab of WEF”

  4. RetardLegoIsAGarbagePoliticians on Wed, 27th Jan 2021 8:39 am 

    China’s Vegetable Prices hit Record Highs due to Historically Cold Winter: “vegetables have frozen to death”

    https://electroverse.net/chinas-vegetable-prices-hit-record-highs-due-to-historically-cold-winter/

    Fucking piece of shit garbage politicians. Here we I live we have retard lego. He said vote for me, I am not like the other guy. He is exactly like the other guy, He said vote for me there will be no corruption. The guy is just another piece of shit corrupt garbage poltician. This fucking imbecile was proud to say that he had a banker as one of his cabinet member. Just another piece of shit garbage trash human.

  5. FuckingGarbagePoliticians on Wed, 27th Jan 2021 9:10 am 

    Faucet, Fauci in the US, another man that have female characteristics and the body shape of a women. Another inferior and useless man. This fucking loser was complaining that Trump was rough on him. When I was working in the private sector, I was also treat like shit and an utility. Did I complain on public media like a fucking loser. No I shut down my mount.

    Faucet is a disaster, Trump was right on that.

    I still think you are spying on me and fucking with my video recommended page from my youtube account. I don’t like at all.

    H

  6. StupidPieceOfShit on Wed, 27th Jan 2021 9:47 am 

    When are you going to stop shitting on the Whites race. Really getting on my never that racial shit. Systemic racisim means that all Whites are racists, you get that, don’t you stupid piece of shit politicians. What is your fucking obsession with race. You sound mentally sick to have such an obsession.

    This is from the world garbage forum. Not one Whites person there. It is shit fest on the White race.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kxPPQ-wmfQ

    Don’t be surprise when the Whites race is revolting by not contributing anything to your shitty society.

  7. Duncan Idaho on Wed, 27th Jan 2021 12:07 pm 

    Oklahoma Wants to Return Its $2 Million Stockpile of Hydroxychloroquine. What About the Lysol?

  8. Duncan Idaho on Wed, 27th Jan 2021 2:33 pm 

    Conspirator In Gretchen Whitmer (MI-GOV) Kidnap Plot Takes Deal In Exchange For Testimony

    Repug saving ass, goes against the idiots.

  9. Duncan Idaho on Wed, 27th Jan 2021 2:36 pm 

    The National Academy of Sciences is presenting its Public Welfare Medal to Anthony Fauci–

  10. FuckBidet on Wed, 27th Jan 2021 4:13 pm 

    Sec. of State Antony Blinken Holds a Press Briefing | LIVE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_VFm5rxnBg

    He look (Binken) like he saw the ghost of death. Look at his facial expression. Maybe the US military took over after they realized how incompetent they are. They realized it was a matter of survival.

    Retard lego could not do it, Trudeau could not do it, but Bidet did it. He assembled the most incompetent cabinet in the face of world. People that are working at the emotional level instead of the logical level. Bidet did it.

  11. Duncan Idaho on Thu, 28th Jan 2021 12:15 pm 

    Real GDP was down 3.5% in 2020 from 2019. This was the worst year since 1946 (WWII drawdown). And other than WWII drawdown, this was the worst year since the Great Depression.

  12. Duncan Idaho on Thu, 28th Jan 2021 12:57 pm 

    “The obvious “losers” have been those countries led by right-wing nationalists: Brazil, India, Russia, the United Kingdom, and (until recently) the United States. These five countries are responsible for more than half of the world’s coronavirus infections and nearly half the deaths.”

  13. Duncan Idaho on Thu, 28th Jan 2021 5:19 pm 

    Today in the “Free” Market $AMC $GME $NOK all have been restricted from trading because Billionaires can’t handle the game being rigged against them for the first time in history.

  14. makati1 on Thu, 28th Jan 2021 5:25 pm 

    Isn’t Amerika fun to watch? Oily stuff, the market casino, the dumbed down serfs wearing a mask…or two!

    I have warn a mask less that 24 hours TOTAL since this flu bullshit started in March last year. Yes, masks are required in some places here, but I do not have to go there. I am retired. I have the few things I need brought in, just like rich Amerikans.

    Yes, I had the flu between Christmas and New Years, but here I am, back to normal and watching the US collapse and become a real, banana republic, police state complete with storm troopers guarding the Washington Whore House they call Congress.

    Another nice day in the land of eternal summer. Pass the popcorn.

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