Friends of the Earth Slams Climate Omission in New Oil and Gas Leasing RuleBiden Administration’s latest rulemaking continues to ignore glaring climate impacts of leasing program, backtracks on climate promises
Nicole Ghio, Senior Fossil Fuels Program Manager at Friends of the Earth, issued the following statement:
Even as record heatwaves bake the country and floods ravage eastern states, the Biden Administration continues to cozy up to Big Oil. President Biden can’t be a climate leader unless he addresses the root cause of the climate crisis: fossil fuels. Turning a blind eye to his broken leasing program proves once again that Biden is content to fiddle away while the world burns.
After pledging to address the climate impacts of the leasing program during his campaign, President Biden issued a climate executive order in Jan. 2021, part of which directed the Department of Interior to conduct a “comprehensive” review of the leasing program. DOI released its long-delayed report in Nov. 2021, which was notably stripped of leasing’s climate impacts. Despite promising major climate action just days into taking office, Biden has failed to meaningfully reform his problematic leasing program.