Biden Administration Tackles the Climate Crisis, continued
President Biden and his administration specifically addressed the importance of public lands in this effort through additional executive and admirative actions
Via the acting Secretary of Interior, the Biden administration suspended for 60-days, new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters, beginning to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment. It follows President Joe Biden’s campaign pledge to halt new drilling on federal lands and end the leasing of publicly owned energy reserves as part of his plan to address climate change. The order also applies to coal leases and permits, and blocks the approval of new mining plans.
President Biden also signed an Executive Order addressing protecting public health and restoring science to combat the climate crisis. Per the Order, the United States and the world face a climate crisis. That crisis must be met with action on a scale and at a speed commensurate with the need to avoid setting the world on a dangerous, potentially catastrophic, climate trajectory. Among the actions are:
Temporary moratorium on oil and gas Activities. Photo Wickipedia
Oil and Gas Activities moratorium
The Secretary of the Interior shall place a temporary moratorium on all oil and gas activities as established by the Trump Administration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Secretary shall review the program and, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, conduct a new, comprehensive analysis of the potential environmental impacts of the oil and gas program.
Methane Rule Review
All agencies shall immediately review all actions regarding Trump’s rollback of the Obama Methane Rule. Methane is emitted and leaked in oil and gas operations and is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.
Keystone XL Permit Revoked
The Keystone XL pipeline disserves the U.S. national interest. The Trump Administration granted a permit to TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. The Permit is hereby revoked.
Revoked Keystone XL Pipeline permit. Photo Mother Jones
Previous administration removed red areas from the original Monument designation. Map, Outdoor Alliance
Bear's Ears and Grandstaircase-Escalante Boundaries Review
The Secretary of Interior shall conduct a review of the monument boundaries and conditions that were established by Proclamation 9681 of December 4, 2017 (Modifying the Bears Ears National Monument); Proclamation 9682 of December 4, 2017 (Modifying the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument). This review will explicitly include Tribal representatives whose coalition proposed the original Bear's Ears boundries and documented the extensive cultural locations and sacred sites among other values.
Additional executive orders, agency actions, and legislation addressing public lands, energy development, and climate change are expected in the future.
Wild Connections' mission is to identify, protect, and restore wildlands, native species, and biological diversity in the Arkansas and South Platte watersheds. They are the ancestral lands of the Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho and other indigenous peoples.