At a time when America desperately needs to ramp up its drilling efforts for oil and gas to help increase supplies and quell inflation, a coalition of environmental groups is suing the Brandon regime over 3,500 permit applications that seek to do this very thing on federal lands.
These extremist groups argue that allowing energy drilling on federal lands will release carbon dioxide (CO2), which they claim is causing “climate change” and “global warming.” They also claim that certain endangered species will go extinct if America becomes more energy independent.
Permits that have already been approved in Wyoming and New Mexico, the lawsuit alleges, violate numerous federal laws, including the Endangered Species Act.
“The groups said burning fossil fuels from drilling is heating the planet and damaging imperiled species like Hawaiian songbirds, desert fish, ice seals and polar bears,” reported CNBC.
“The administration’s approved permits, they said, will release up to 600 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.”
Earlier in his fraudulent term, Brandon indicated that he, too, supports cutting off all drilling on federal lands. Several Republican-led states, however, thwarted Brandon’s plans and forged ahead with extracting more energy for Americans, much to the upset of groups like the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), one of the suit’s plaintiffs.
“Fossil fuels are driving the extinction crisis, and the Bureau of Land Management is making things worse by failing to protect these imperiled species,” claims Brett Hartl, CBD’s government affairs director.
CBD is joined by WildEarth Guardians and the Western Environmental Law Center, which aim to stop BLM from allowing any more drilling on federal lands.
This isn’t about endangered species or “climate change” – it’s about destroying America
The Brandon regime, meanwhile, has suddenly changed its tune on fossil fuels as Americans grow increasingly hostile against it for allowing runaway inflation to destroy the economy.
Brandon’s controllers say that using some of the 9,000 unused and available permits will help to improve economic conditions by lowering the cost of fuel, which they hope to kickstart by auctioning them off this month in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
Before an oil and gas permit on public land is issued, explained representatives from the oil and gas industry, multiple rounds of environmental analysis are conducted. The environmental groups challenging this waited until after these were conducted to file their suit, however.
If they had any issues with the outcome of those analyses, then these groups should have said something sooner. Instead, they waited until later, which just goes to show that this is all part of a political crusade to stamp out fossil fuel use.
According to Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, these climate fanatic groups “will not be satisfied until federal oil and natural gas is shut down completely, yet that option is not supported by law.”
“They’re trying to use the courts to deny Americans energy and drive up prices because they can’t convince Congress to change the law,” Sgamma said in a statement.
“Shutting down federal oil and natural gas does nothing to address climate change, but merely shifts the production to private lands or overseas.”
In response, Kyle Tisdel, the climate and energy program director at the Western Environmental Law Center, made the claim that BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to evaluate how the permits will impact the environment.
“The Bureau of Land Management has admitted that continued oil and gas exploitation is a significant cause of the climate crisis, yet the agency continues to recklessly issue thousands of new oil and gas drilling permits,” Tisdel alleges.
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