Halted: Oil and Gas Leasing on Federal Lands and Oceans
On Wednesday President Joe Biden signed a slew of executive orders tackling climate change and environmental destruction. We're thrilled that one of these orders suspends new oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters and launches a review of existing leases — a longstanding campaign goal of the Center for Biological Diversity.
This is Biden's first step toward fulfilling a request made by the Center and allies to end public-lands fossil fuel leasing, which generates nearly a quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution. Pollution from existing leases, if fully developed, would exhaust the country's carbon budget for keeping the world below a 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature increase.
"The administration's review, if done correctly, will show that filthy fracking and drilling must end for good, everywhere," said Kierán Suckling, the Center's executive director.
Thank you to every one of you who raised your voice as part of our Keep It in the Ground campaign over the years, and to everyone who signed our recent petition to Biden.
On Wednesday the president also also directed federal officials to protect 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030 to fight extinction and climate change — another key Center campaign.
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