Climate groups are blasting the Biden administration’s announcement that it will restart its federal oil and gas leasing program.
More than a dozen organizations have spoken out against the new effort that comes in response to record-level gas prices nationwide.
The Green Left is clueless on how out of touch they sound https://t.co/WeB7KGkMe6
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 19, 2022
“The Biden administration’s claim that it must hold these lease sales is pure fiction and a reckless failure of climate leadership,” Randi Spivak, the Center for Biological Diversity’s public lands director, said in a statement.
“These so-called reforms are 20 years too late and will only continue to fuel the climate emergency. These lease sales should be shelved and the climate-destroying federal fossil fuel programs brought to an end,” the statement added.
BREAKING: Biden just violated his campaign promise and climate pledges by reopening our public lands to new oil & gas leasing.
His admin approved more drilling permits last year than Trump did in his first year…https://t.co/q7bOijmDbj
— Friends of the Earth (Action) (@foe_us) April 15, 2022
The plans may not make environmental groups happy, but the change may be necessary to keep Americans on the roads in the days ahead.
Biden and Democrats also know that gas prices and inflation are key voting issues, and one the party must address before the nation’s November midterm elections.