“President Biden promised to end the leasing program entirely due to its deadly threat to the climate, but Interior’s recommendations fall far short of that goal — and ring particularly hollow days after the largest lease sale in U.S. history,” said Rees.
Over 500 climate, conservation, Indigenous, religious and business groups sent President-elect Joe Biden text for a proposed executive order to ban new fossil fuel leasing and permitting on federal public lands and waters.
The myth that opening up more public lands and waters for fossil fuel production will result in a windfall for America is dead wrong. The only windfall from this production is enjoyed by oil, gas, and coal executives.
In a huge industry giveaway, Trump’s Department of Interior budget increases funding for oil, gas, and coal expansion by more than $34 million – and slashes renewable energy by at least $15 million.