Washington, D.C. — In response to the Biden administration proceeding with a lease sale of 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling, Center for American Progress Senior Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy Christy Goldfuss released the following statement:
It simply does not make sense to put oil company profits over the future of an inhabitable planet. These lease sales are completely out of step with the greenhouse gas reductions that scientists say are needed and with the climate goals the Biden administration committed to just last week at COP26. A Trump-appointed judge has overreached and temporarily boxed in the Department of the Interior. The Biden administration must take control of the federal leasing program with its existing authority to fulfill their promises to current and future communities across America. We cannot afford this risky, damaging, and inconsistent approach to managing America’s public lands and ocean.
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