Biden Freezes Oil and Gas Leases

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  2 weeks ago  •  21 comments

By:   The Editorial Board (WSJ)

Biden Freezes Oil and Gas Leases
Calling Joe Manchin: Interior uses 'sue and settle' to suspend Trump-era approvals.

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Joe Manchin's deal with Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer isn't looking so good for the West Virginian, and the latest evidence is a Biden Administration settlement with green groups that stops previously approved oil and gas leases.

The Interior Department last week agreed to conduct additional climate reviews for five federal oil and gas lease sales held in 2019 and 2020 that were challenged by environmental groups. Activists claimed the Trump Administration didn't sufficiently study the climate impact of the leases under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Rather than defend the earlier environmental reviews, the Biden Administration surrendered to their progressive friends. According to last week’s legal settlement, the climate reviews will incorporate the “social cost” of greenhouse gas emissions that could result from the leases. This takes into account indirect global costs of emissions such as property damage from natural disasters, risk of conflict over resources, reduced agricultural productivity from drought, and more.

By including the social cost in the NEPA reviews, the Administration will be able to claim the leases have a significant negative environmental impact even when they don’t and then seek to cancel them. Alternatively, the Administration could try to force oil and gas producers to mitigate their emissions by helping fund its climate agenda.

While the settlement doesn’t outright cancel the leases, it will effectively freeze their development. Interior has agreed not to approve new drilling permits or rights-of-way on the leases until it completes the climate reviews. Even after those reviews are done and if Interior allows development, green groups will still be able to challenge the reviews and leases afresh in court.

In sum, oil and gas producers that bought leases years ago and have invested in developing them will be in limbo for months or years. The settlement also may render toothless a provision in the Manchin-Schumer bill that prohibits Interior from granting rights-of-way for solar and wind projects on federal land unless the government has offered oil-and-gas leases during the prior four months. Nor can it issue offshore wind leases unless an offshore oil-and-gas sale has been held in the past year.

While the Biden Administration may still hold oil and gas lease sales, they could be challenged in court. Then the Administration could agree to suspend them in a legal settlement, and go ahead with new solar or wind leases. Obama-era regulators often used such collusive settlements with greens to circumvent Congress. Biden officials are taking this “sue and settle” strategy to a new level by unwinding their predecessors’ approvals.

During Mr. Biden’s first 19 months, the government has leased a mere 126,228 acres for oil-and-gas production, the least under any President since at least World War II. Mr. Manchin promised his constituents that his deal with the White House and Chuck Schumer would change that. Watch what the Biden Administration does, not what Mr. Manchin says.


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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago

McConnell was fooled and Manchin was lied to. Who will invest in American energy when the next democrat elected to the presidency could do the same thing?  The American people will continue to face high energy prices and unnecessary shortages of gasoline and natural gas. 

Why are the American people voting for democrats?

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    2 weeks ago
Why are the American people voting for democrats?

why are christo-fascists calling themselves republicans?

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @1.1    2 weeks ago
why are christo-fascists calling themselves republicans?

Why are dumbfucks calling themselves Democrats?

 
 
 
gooseisback
Sophomore Silent
1.1.2  gooseisback  replied to  devangelical @1.1    2 weeks ago
why are christo-fascists calling themselves republicans?

WTF is a christo-fascists ????

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  gooseisback @1.1.2    2 weeks ago
WTF is a christo-fascists ????

Made-up gobbley-gook some talking head bleated on MSNBC or some late night comedian said it on a liberal "news" show.

 
 
 
dennissmith
Freshman Silent
1.1.4  dennissmith  replied to  devangelical @1.1    2 weeks ago

Answering a question with a question = you have no answer to the question asked initially.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

McConnell fooled?  No.

Manchin lied to?  Fuck him.  Who cares?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2    2 weeks ago

I see.

What will we do about gas prices for the near future?

 
 
 
Snuffy
Masters Guide
2.1.1  Snuffy  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    2 weeks ago

I would say get ready to pucker up and take it.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Snuffy @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

That's what known as "the handwriting on the wall."

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Masters Silent
2.1.3  SteevieGee  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.2    2 weeks ago

It's known as a free market.

 
 
 
gooseisback
Sophomore Silent
2.1.4  gooseisback  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.3    2 weeks ago
It's known as a free market.

Not when the government is putting its finger on the scales. 

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Masters Silent
2.1.5  SteevieGee  replied to  gooseisback @2.1.4    2 weeks ago

The finger on the scales is the government allowing private companies to drill for oil on land owned by the people.

 
 
 
gooseisback
Sophomore Silent
2.1.6  gooseisback  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.5    2 weeks ago
drill for oil on land owned by the people.

Well Stevie, had the government never allowed drilling on federal lands I would agree, but that's not he case they have been allowing it for decades. 

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Masters Silent
2.1.7  SteevieGee  replied to  gooseisback @2.1.6    2 weeks ago
they have been allowing it for decades.

And they are still allowing it.  Allowing corporations to take oil from public lands and then gouge the public for it is CORPORATE WELFARE.  This is the "finger on the scale".

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
2.1.8  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.7    2 weeks ago

In 2019, 24% of US produced gas and oil came from federal lands.  For that, the federal government was paid $4.2 billion.

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
Freshman Principal
2.1.9  magicschoolbusdropout  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.7    2 weeks ago
Allowing corporations to take oil from public lands and then gouge the public for it is CORPORATE WELFARE.

Corporate Welfare (Subsidize) is Given by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government is the ones allowing the Gouging of the Public.

 
 
 
Ronin2
Professor Quiet
2.1.10  Ronin2  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.5    2 weeks ago

You are leaving out that those private companies not only have to pay millions to get the right to drill on those lands; but they also have to then pay for the permits as well for the rigs. 

Cry us a damn river when the US government making money off of this which helps to drive the cost of oil and gas up as well.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
2.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Tessylo @2    2 weeks ago
Fuck him.

Hope springs eternal.

 
 
 
Ronin2
Professor Quiet
3  Ronin2    2 weeks ago

Oil and gas companies need to sue the Biden administration for any money they invested in the develop of the leased property. That includes any survey work, plans developed for drilling, processing fees (government filings for permits- and bank loans for operations), and for whatever the leases themselves cost. Charges should be by the day- for every day the government holds their leases hostage the rate increases.

It is time that Brandon learned the costs of screwing over corporations and consumers.

 
 
 
dennissmith
Freshman Silent
4  dennissmith    2 weeks ago

Biden learning is an oxymoron

 
 

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