The Biden administration is doing everything it can to destroy everything President Trump accomplished during his four years in office including America’s new role as a net energy exporter.
While it may not happen overnight, and this one executive order will not do it, he is already chipping away at the foundations of future growth in the energy sector.
First by cancelling the Keystone pipeline and rejoining the Paris climate accords. Now Biden is set to announce the suspension of any new oil and gas leases on federal land.
Reuters has the story:
The Biden administration is expected to announce a suspension of new oil and gas leasing on U.S. federal lands and waters on Wednesday, and to order that nearly a third of federally run acreage is conserved over the next decade, three sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
President Joe Biden will make the announcement as part of a second batch of executive orders aimed at combatting climate change, a key policy effort of the newly sworn-in president that marks an about-face from his predecessor Donald Trump who sought to maximize the country’s oil, gas and coal output.
Biden had vowed to ban new federal oil and gas permitting during his campaign for the White House and his Interior Department last week issued a 60-day suspension of routine drilling approvals on federal land in what was widely viewed as a precursor to a more permanent ban.
Biden’s other climate-related executive orders on Wednesday will also include beefing up the use of climate science in policy decisions and setting up an international summit on climate change for April, according to a memo seen by Reuters.
The push to end new federal drilling marks an easy target for the new administration: roughly a quarter of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions can be linked back to fossil fuels produced in federal lands and waters.
But it will also cause financial and economic strain in states that rely heavily on revenues from the federal minerals leasing program, including Democrat-run New Mexico which receives more than $1 billion a year from drilling levies.
Oil-dependent states and oil industry representatives have expressed concerns about the potential drilling ban.
The orders would follow a raft of climate-related executive actions that Biden signed shortly after his inauguration on Jan. 20, including rejoining the Paris climate agreement, canceling the presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, and halting oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
Instead of America First and make America great we now have a group set on seeing how fast they can wreck the place while China keeps moving forward with it’s goal of replacing the USA as the dominant global power on the world stage.
Sad, pathetic but entirely expected after last November.