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Don’t Let Big Oil Derail Biden’s First Climate Moves

In his first days in office, President Biden signed a series of executive orders to combat the climate crisis across all levels of government, including an order to pause oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters.

We can’t allow Big Oil to derail this effort. Oil and gas CEOs have gotten filthy rich destroying our climate, ransacking our public lands, and ripping off taxpayers. Biden’s ambitious action is a bold step forward, reversing years of disgraceful handouts to fossil fuel insiders.

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What you need to know:

  • The oil and gas leasing system for public lands is fundamentally broken and corrupt – ripping off taxpayers with giveaways to oil and gas CEOs. It’s a terrible deal for the American people.
  • Fossil fuel production on public lands causes about a quarter of all greenhouse gas pollution in the U.S. – a disaster for the climate.
  • Pollution from drilling on public lands contaminates our drinking water and oceans, and disproportionately harms low-income communities and people of color.
  • Pausing the broken leasing system ensures our lands will be preserved, accessible, and beneficial to everyone – not just Big Polluters and Wall Street.
A pause on oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters is a welcome reversal of Trump-era policies that put Big Oil CEOs and climate denialists ahead of the public interest. Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen

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