An oil and gas drilling platform stands offshore on October 5, 2013, as waves from the tropical storm Karen land on Dauphin Island, Alabama.
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The Biden administration announced a five-year offshore oil and gas drilling development plan on Friday. This will prevent all new drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans within the US waters, but will allow lease sales on the Gulf of Mexico and the south coast of Alaska. ..
The proposed plan has not yet been finalized and may allow up to 11 rental sales over the next five years. It also includes options that the administrator does not sell. The Ministry of Home Affairs invites the general public to comment on the program.
Biden has vowed to suspend all new federal drilling in public lands and waters, but that position results. Legal issues from several Republican-led states And the oil sector.
As US energy prices rose, the fossil fuel sector urged the government to increase offshore drilling to lower pump gas prices. However, the Climate Change Group argued that new lease sales would exacerbate climate change without doing anything to lower prices.
According to a recent report released by Apogee Economics and Policy, a temporary suspension of new offshore oil and gas sales will minimize the impact on consumer gas prices, with prices per gallon in the next 20 years or so. It rises less than a cent.
“From day one, President Biden and I have made clear our commitment to a transition to a clean energy economy,” Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said in a statement on Friday. “Today, we offer Americans the opportunity to think and provide their views on the future of offshore oil and gas leasing.”
The latest offshore oil and gas auction for interiors took place in the Gulf of Mexico in November. A court order later invalidated the sale, alleging that the government did not adequately explain its environmental harm and its impact on climate change.
Almost 95% of US offshore oil production and 71% of offshore natural gas production occur in the Gulf of Mexico. according to Natural Resources Defense Council. About 15% of US oil production comes from offshore drilling.
On Friday, environmental groups accused the administration of proposing a limited new lease sale instead of announcing a ban on all new drilling.
Drew Capto, Vice President of Litigation at Earth Justice, said: “Instead, the proposal to offer a large amount of new offshore oil leasing sales is a failure of climate leadership and a breach of the climate promise.”
Environmental group It also claims its new lease It will hinder the White House’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by at least 50% by 2030 to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“This plan does not reach the end of what we urgently need, the drilling of new oil and gas in federal waters,” Winona Ryder, Managing Director of Food & Waterwatch, said in a statement. Said. “President Biden calls the climate crisis a threat to the existence of our time, but the administration continues to pursue policies that only exacerbate it.”