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Biden Suspends ANWR Leases
« Reply #390 on: June 02, 2021, 03:37:26 pm »
June 2, 2021

Biden Suspends ANWR 🦕🦖 Leases

The Biden administration suspended 🦕🦖 oil drilling leases in ANWR. The formal order from DOI Secretary Deb Haaland, if unsurprising, starts what will likely be a lengthy process to undo one of the Trump administration's biggest (anti-)environmental actions. The sale of ANWR leases, described as "absolutely bonkers" by climate advocates at the time it was announced last year, culminated in a hurried and ultimately underwhelming lease sale just days before Trump left office. Those existing ANWR leases could be canceled if the administration determines they were granted illegally by the Trump administration; the Biden administration has defended the legal process by which the Trump administration issues leases elsewhere. Last month, the notoriously pro-oil IEA said all new exploration for oil and gas must end immediately if the world is to limit global warming and avoid the worst and most destructive impacts of climate change.

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From Senator Patrick Leahy <Senator_Leahy@leahy.senate.gov>
Wed, Jun 9, 5:55 PM
 
Dear Mr. Gelbert:

Thank you for contacting me about oil and gas exports.  I appreciate hearing from you about this important issue.

Climate change is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. There is no doubt that climate change is both real and caused by human activity.  What’s more, the United States bears a good deal of responsibility for the climate crisis.  Our 🦖 country has emitted more carbon dioxide than any other country to date.  Since 1751, the United States has emitted 400 billion tons 🚩 of the greenhouse gas, making us responsible for 25 percent of all historical emissions. And in 2020, as we faced the crossroads of both the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States became a net 🦕 oil exporter for the first time in a generation, exporting over 8.5 million barrels per day of petroleum.  I agree with you that we must urgently divest from fossil fuels and invest in a fossil fuel economy, not double down on supplying harmful fuels to international markets.

On April 28, 2021, Senator Ed Markey introduced the Block All New (BAN) Oil Exports Act, S. 1415.  This bill would amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and reinstate the ban on exporting American crude oil and natural gas abroad.  It has been referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, of which I am not a member.  Please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind should this bill come before the full Senate for consideration.

Again, thank you for contacting me.  Please keep in touch.

Sincerely,

PATRICK LEAHY
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Thu, Jun 10, 11:47 AM 

Dear Mr. Gelbert:

Thank you for contacting me about reforming energy leasing.  I appreciate hearing from you about this important issue.

🦖 Fossil fuel extraction on public lands is responsible for nearly a quarter of total U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. The leasing of subsurface rights for federal lands and waters to oil and gas companies can harm local communities by compromising opportunities for outdoor recreation and can lead to irreparable environmental damage on some of our nation’s most precious landscapes.  What’s more, I firmly believe that it is past time to stop investing in fossil fuels and transition to a renewable energy future in order to prevent the worst consequences of the climate crisis.

Senator Jeff Merkley introduced S. 1115, the Keep it in the Ground Act, on April 14, 2021.  This bill would end all new federal leases for oil, gas, or coal extraction on public lands and waters.  Further, it aims to keep over ninety percent of the potential carbon emissions from fossil fuels on federal lands and waters in the ground.  I am proud to cosponsor this important legislation, which has been referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  Please know that the Keep it in the Ground Act will receive my full support should it come before the full Senate for consideration.

Again, thank you for contacting me.  Please keep in touch.

Sincerely,

PATRICK LEAHY
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 The 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon 👹 Hellspawn Fossil Fuelers DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME. Since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID DOING THE TIME or PAYING THE FINE!  Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
 
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Mon, Jun 14, 2021


Chamber of 🦖🐍 Commerce Still Fighting Climate Action , Spurring Call For Companies To Drop Their Membership

Last week, Change the Chamber, a student-led coalition of 100+ youth groups supported by more than two dozen national climate organizations, sent an open letter to companies still paying dues to be part of the Chamber of Commerce, calling on them to leave the trade group if it doesn’t stop lobbying against climate action.

The letter highlights the “two unacceptable risks” created by companies that support the Chamber, given its lobbying on climate. First is the obvious risk the warming planet poses to their bottom line as extreme weather complicates supply chains and drought, fires and other extreme weather events upend years-long corporate plans. The second is the reputational risk posed by their membership in the anti-climate-policy-lobby-group.

Youth, journalists, civil society groups, shareholders, and consumers are increasingly turning their attention to how trade associations play a 😈 key role in diluting science-based climate action. Prominent brands that fund obstructionist lobbying groups,” the letter warns, “will ultimately be held to account.”

But wait, some might say the Chamber has already improved! After all, in the past couple years it’s acknowledged climate change, and totally changed its approach to politics (by subverting democracy and protecting polluters) so shouldn’t they just get the benefit of the doubt?

Mmmm, no, not really- “even Royal Dutch Shell recently critiqued the U.S. Chamber” the letter explains, because the lobby group hasn’t even bothered to state a position on net zero or nature-based carbon-capture policies, or make statements in support of carbon pricing, or against weakening fuel economy standards set by California.

Yes, that's an oil company’s assessment that the Chamber’s supposedly pro-climate position is nothing more than words on a website.

The Change the Chamber letter links to a list of the business lobby’s most recent actions to obstruct climate action. They have 10 different 😈 examples of the Chamber of Commerce filing legal briefs in favor of polluters like Enbridge, pleading for more coal use, lobbying against Biden’s agenda with API, and making statements against climate-friendly decisions.

The kicker is that the 10 examples are all just from the first quarter of 2021. In just a handful of months, the US Chamber of Commerce  🦖🐍 has repeatedly proven its loyalty is to polluters

As such, the letter calls on companies to make their own statements to distinguish themselves from the Chamber’s position. It also requests meetings with the companies to pressure them to support climate action or leave the 🦖👿🐍 Chamber.

And that’s really where it’s headed, because clearly the Chamber is more interested in looking like it’s changing on climate change than it is actually changing its position. So as Senator Whitehouse said, “Change the Chamber or QUIT the Chamber” because “We need climate action NOW.”

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Friends of the Earth <foe@foe.org>
July 7, 2021 10:36 AM

Your Signature is Needed: Government handing your hard-earned tax dollars to 😈 Big 🦖 Oil

Sign Now to stop Big Oil from using your tax dollars to pollute the planet.

Government funding for fossil fuels adds up to well over $5,000,000,000,000 annually -- yes, that is $5 TRILLION -- worldwide. And that money is used to back Big Oil projects that worsen pollution. Take action now.    
 
The oil, gas, and coal industries poison communities, harm wildlife, and drive climate chaos using your tax dollars.

That is why I need you to help cut off the money driving fossil fuel pollution.

Sign Now to cut off the funding for Big Oil, Gas, and Coal!

The U.S. government has been financing fossil fuels for over a hundred years. It props up pollution, climate-harming emissions, and the destruction of habitats for threatened species.

The U.S. provides funds to countries to roll out the red carpet to the fossil fuel industry -- encouraging them to change their policies to benefit Big Oil.

From coal in Mongolia to liquified natural gas development in Mozambique -- these projects drive people out of their homes and spur violence and human rights abuses. And that’s on top of the environmental destruction.

Demand Big Oil’s funding gets stopped immediately.

Sign Now 🦖 Oil, 🦕 gas, and 🐍 coal companies disproportionately pollute low income countries and Black and Brown communities. People living near polluting projects experience headaches, nausea, and higher instances of cancer.
 

Our leaders cannot claim to be serious about environmental justice and climate change if they continue to hand money to Big Polluters.

Our grandchildren deserve to grow up in a livable climate, with clean air and water. But if nothing is done to rein in Big Oil, they could be burdened with more toxic pollution and climate chaos. I need your help to cut off the money for fossil fuels worldwide.

Demand the United States stop its support for fossil fuel projects.

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 The 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon 👹 Hellspawn Fossil Fuelers DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME. Since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID DOING THE TIME or PAYING THE FINE!  Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
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