The administration of US President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced plans to open more than 80 million acres of land in the Gulf of Mexico to explore for oil and gas when a court ruled against stopping the administration on lease.
The decision represents an important step in the White House’s civilized climate agenda and was immediately challenged by a coalition of environmental groups.
The Home Office’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management expects final sales notices in September, “with the sale of leases this fall,” the agency said in a statement.
In January, Biden announced a review of new drilling from federal land, as Democrats sought to keep the climate crisis at the center of their presidency.
But in June, a Louisiana judge appointed by former President Donald Trump ruled that the administration needed congressional approval to suspend him.
The government projects 1.1 billion barrels of oil and 4.4 trillion cubic feet of gas from the auction, according to a record of records posted online.
It noted a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which “details the observations of rapidly changing climate in each region globally,” but said that the current environmental impact for drilling There is not enough reason to change.
Environmental groups led by the Orthogist Advocacy Group sued the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Home Secretary Deb Holland after the notice.
Cynthia Saratho, executive director of Health Gulf, said: “After Hurricane Ada, it is clear that we need to make every effort to move away from fossil fuels to mitigate the effects of climate change, such as the strongest. And more frequent hurricanes. “
“This lease sale is very disappointing. The Biden administration has linked the oil industry to its misinformation and political pressure campaign, which is causing us to face the worst climate emergency.”
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