Biden to ban new oil and gas drilling on federal land
U.S. President Joe Biden will announce a ban on new oil and gas drilling on federal land, people familiar with the matter said.
Biden’s government plans to reverse the energy and environmental policies formulated by former president trump to deal with climate change, including banning new oil and gas drilling on federal land, two people familiar with the matter said, AP reported Tuesday. Biden is expected to announce several climate related policies on the 27th local time. He may also ask to launch a series of regulatory actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and issue a memorandum to make climate change one of the national security priorities, people familiar with the situation said.
It is reported that Biden issued an order on the 20th local time to suspend new oil and gas drilling for 60 days. During this period, the US government will review the environmental and legal impact of the mineral leasing project. Environmental groups call the ban a “bold and urgent” move. Kiran & middot; saklin, head of the environmental group’s Center for biodiversity, says the fossil fuel industry has caused great damage to the earth. If the government’s review is correct, drilling must be completely ended everywhere.
But the report said that during the administration of former president trump, Interior Department officials had approved nearly 1400 federal land permits, which are still valid and will allow the company to continue drilling for several years, possibly weakening Biden’s climate agenda.