Started by Shiranu, August 13, 2021, 10:47:41 AM
QuoteOn the campaign trail, President Joe Biden made a bold promise to ban oil and gas permitting on federally owned land. Then, just days after taking office, he laid down a federal leasing moratorium, part of a set of sweeping executive orders on climate change.The pause would give the administration time â€œto review and reset the oil and gas leasing program,â€ Biden said at the time.How that program is run has big stakes for the climate; the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that roughly a quarter of all U.S. carbon emissions come from federal oil, gas, and coal extraction. As this weekâ€™s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes clear, burning those fossil fuels has caused dangerous global warming, and the window to avoid catastrophic consequences is closing fast.And yet, the White House is on pace to hand out more oil and gas drilling permits this year than any under President Trump and the most since George W. Bush left the Oval Office. The boom, first reported by the Associated Press, undercuts the presidentâ€™s climate agenda and infuriates environmentalists demanding more aggressive action. It also exposes what activists say are fundamental legal and bureaucratic problems in the federal fossil fuel program that predate Biden by decades.
Quote from: Draconic Aiur on August 13, 2021, 03:40:17 PMWell outright banning it will not solve the problem.
QuoteThe United Nations on Monday released a harrowing report saying some of global warming's effects will be "irreversible for centuries to millennia." Two days later, President Joe Biden called for an increase in the production of fossil fuels to help with the economic recovery.
QuoteBiden continues to tout his infrastructure plan as a win for the climate, and when asked about Biden's OPEC-related comments during a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: "We know that they have supply that's available that can be accessed, and that's what we're really referring to here."
QuoteRight now in northern Minnesota, the Canadian oil-and-gas-transport company Enbridge is building an expansion of a pipeline, Line 3, to carry oil through fragile parts of the stateâ€™s watersheds as well as treaty-protected tribal lands. Winona LaDuke, a member of the local Ojibwe tribe and a longtime Native rights activist, has been helping to lead protests and acts of civil disobedience against the controversial $9.3 billion project. â€œI spend a lot of time,â€ she says, â€œfighting stupid ideas that are messing with our land and our people.â€â€œI have had the highest hopes for the Biden administration,â€ LaDuke says, â€œonly to have them crushed.â€ Not long after we spoke, LaDuke was arrested and jailed for violating the conditions of her release on earlier protest-related charges, which required her to avoid Enbridgeâ€™s worksites. She has since been released."Heâ€™s hellbent on destroying Ojibwe people with this pipeline. Why do we get the last tar-sands pipeline, Joe? Itâ€™s kind of like when John Kerry went and testified to Congress against the Vietnam War and said, Whoâ€™s going to tell that soldier that heâ€™s the last one to die for a bad war? Whoâ€™s going to tell those Ojibwes that theyâ€™re the last ones to be destroyed for a bad tar-sands pipeline? Whatâ€™s right about this? I organized people to vote for Biden. I drove people to the polls through seas of Trump signs. I drove Indian people to vote who hadnâ€™t voted in 20 years. And what did we get from Joe? A pipeline shoved down our throats. ......I think itâ€™s a trade-off for him: I canceled Keystone, and so weâ€™ll just let this one go through, because itâ€™s a replacement pipe. Itâ€™s not. Itâ€™s a new pipe. Itâ€™s horrendous. Itâ€™s a violation of not only the treaties but also every ounce of common sense. Itâ€™s a drought right now. But Enbridge put in an amendment: They get five billion gallons of water out of a region where rivers are 75 percent below normal.
QuoteNPR talked about Biden's environmental dance yesterday. They neither applauded it or criticized it. They just explained it and avoided criticizing Biden. But it is a two faced politician's game. Biden is a moderate. This is one of the reasons he was my last choice as a nominee.
Quote from: Cassia on August 14, 2021, 07:37:35 PMThe same lesson to unlearn again concerning 'helping' to pacify and democratize another country???
Quote from: SGOS on September 07, 2021, 06:17:56 AMBiden is probably not doing this to win some Republican votes. They won't vote for him anyway. It's more likely that he's just "old school" and in still in bed with the oil industry.
Quote=November 17 auction is the subject of a lawsuit filed by Earthjustice on behalf of Friends of the Earth, Healthy Gulf, Center for Biological Diversity, and Sierra Club.The groupsâ€™ letter notes that next weekâ€™s lease sale â€œwill result in the production of up to 1.12 billion barrels and 4.4 trillion cubic feet of fossil fuels over the next 50 years.â€