Biden Calls for More Oil and Gas Production after Shutting Down Domestic Supplies
President contractradicts himself with prior actions
President Joe Biden blasted the U.S. fossil fuel industry for supposedly "profiting" while Americans face soaring gas prices.
But the President has been resisting expanding refinery capacity, blocking producers and even delaying lease sales to pander to environmental activists.
Just now Biden said: “We need more refining capacity” and “This idea they don’t have oil to drill & to bring up is simply not true.”— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) June 21, 2022
In fact, Biden killed a refinery on May 14 and killed a 1M acre oil & gas lease in Alaska in May 12. pic.twitter.com/a4HcqeIWrK
The contradictions didn't go unnoticed by Fox News:
Fox News wrote:
The Biden administration delayed multiple oil and gas lease sales a second time late last week amid an ongoing protest from environmental groups opposing the sales. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the agency tasked with overseeing oil and gas development on public lands, announced Friday the dates for three lease sales slated for New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming would take place at the end of the month. The three sales had already been rescheduled once before for the same reason.
“The date for this sale has shifted slightly to complete the analyses required under the National Environmental Policy Act and allow time for protest resolution,” the BLM said in its announcements Friday.
The BLM originally scheduled the New Mexico and Colorado sales for June 16.
A separate oil and gas lease sale in Nevada was delayed two weeks earlier this month.
Meanwhile, two others set for June 28 in Utah and Montana haven’t been pushed back.
In fact, just *yesterday* the Biden administration once again delayed oil and gas lease sales:https://t.co/uAhO1prgDU— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) June 22, 2022
In May, a coalition of 13 environmental activist groups challenged the Nevada sale:
Greenhouse gas pollution resulting only from existing federal fossil fuel development and potential development from leases and drilling permits already issued but not yet under production, would contribute to catastrophic climate change and unnecessary and undue degradation to the atmosphere and other public lands values that BLM is legally obligated to protect.
The Western Environmental Law Center opposed the sale, asserting that an “extensive environmental review” was needed before the sale should proceed.
The Sierra Club joined the center and filed a second challenge.
“The administration has yet to hold a single onshore lease sale over the last 18 months ago,” Fox News reported.