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US to look at climate emissions from oil and gas lease sales

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Posted at 2:24 PM, Oct 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-29 19:28:09-04

BILLINGS, Montana — The Biden administration says petroleum industry regulators for the first time will analyze greenhouse gas emissions from federal oil and gas lease sales on a national scale.

The announcement came as officials released a report saying fossil fuel extraction from federal lands produced more than 1 billion tons of greenhouse gases last year.

That’s about one-fifth of all energy related emissions.

According to CommonDreams.org, American Earth protectors were in Washington D.C. during the week of October 11 to tell Biden to block the new lease sales. Protesters were arrested, they say, and other activists were allegedly being charged at with riot control devices during a demonstration to rally for climate action called: "People vs. Fossil Fuels."

President Joe Biden campaigned on promises to end new drilling on public lands to help address climate change.

Activist, Sapa Win, a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation and co-founder of Cheyenne River Grassroots Collective said during the climate action in Washington: "Biden claimed to be a climate leader during his campaign, and he made promises to steer our nation into a just and renewable transition."

According to Desmog.com, activists from Louisiana, like Sharon Levigne of Rise St. James, and activists from Texas told President Biden: "Climate chaos is happening now.” They say climate chaos is beset by worsening floods, hurricanes, and fossil fuel industry pollution, and their communities are living in “sacrifice zones” and that Biden is falling down on his campaign promises to improve their situations.

Biden's attempt to suspend new lease sales was blocked by a federal judge in Louisiana.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and democratic governors from around the country are for the international Race to Zero campaign, an effort uniting leaders across the world to prevent worsening impacts from climate change, while also creating jobs, and opening the door for inclusive, sustainable growth in a decarbonizing economy, their goal is by 2050 to have net zero carbon levels.

Edwards' statement, "No state in our country is more adversely impacted by climate change than Louisiana – in just the last year alone we've experienced major hurricanes, flash flooding and a severe winter storm. But at the same time, no state is better positioned to be a leader in reducing carbon emissions and bolstering coastal resiliency."

Edwards and governors from Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Illinois are planning to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, with 110 other countries, during Oct. 31 through Nov. 12.

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