September 23, 2021

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Joe Biden paves the way for oil exploitation in a vast sea area

The U.S. government plans to auction off 1.1 billion barrels of oil and 125 billion cubic meters of gas.

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Wonderful setback to the White House’s ambitious climate plan. The administration of US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday, August 31 that it plans to open more than 320 000 km 2 in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration 2. A decision quickly criticized by a coalition of environmental groups.

As he sought to place the climate crisis at the center of his presidency, Joe Biden announced in January a ban on drilling new oil and gas into federal lands. But in June, a Louisiana federal judge appointed by former President Donald Trump ruled in favor of forcing the administration to seek congressional approval for the ban.

The government plans to auction off 1.1 billion barrels of oil and 125 billion cubic meters of gas, according to a results released online. The document notes the new intergovernmental report on climate change “Describing Observations of Rapid Climate Change in All Parts of the World”But, in this case it declares that it does not provide sufficient evidence to change the environmental impact statement.

Following the release, environmental groups led by Earth Justice filed a lawsuit Ocean Energy Management Office And Home Secretary Deb Holland. “This sale is very disappointing. The Biden administration has bowed to the oil industry, ignoring the growing climate emergency we face and relying on misinformation and political pressure propaganda.”, Freddie Hardy, ErthJustice lawyer lamented.

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