Biden has listed climate change as one of his top priorities, repeatedly saying climate change is the “existential crisis” of our time.
Biden’s proposed bans could have serious implications for the oil and gas industry in states like Wyoming, Pennsylvania and New Mexico — where federal oil and gas development is prominent.
Experts say it will be difficult to completely ban fossil leasing, permitting and fracking on federal land. Oil and gas economies are likely to fight any attempt by the Biden administration to end production on public land.
Gale Norton, George W. Bush’s Interior secretary from 2001 to 2006, said the political will to implement these priorities will have to be strong enough to fend off entrenched opposition from states and industries affected by a threat to revenue, E&E News reported last month.
The Biden administration will have to overcome legal and political hurdles to go through with banning new oil and gas permits on federal land, given existing laws and the large amounts of money that drilling royalties generate for the federal and state governments.
Environmental activists are adamant that they will hold the Biden administration accountable to follow through with their promises to tackle the “existential crisis” of climate change.
Tom Sansonetti, former Interior solicitor during the George H.W. Bush administration, said the likelihood of the proposals will depend on who Biden places in positions at Interior.
“I don’t think President Biden knows the details of fracking,” Sansonetti said. “I doubt that he’s ever been on an oil rig. The people in the White House that really have strong feelings about this, they will be the ones that end up shoving that particular policy down the pipeline.”
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Massachusetts Democrat Mayor wants to end ‘right-to-shelter’ law amidst migrant crisis
More Democrat leaders from non-border states are wising up to the immigration crisis our nation faces. Woburn mayor Scott Galvin, of the progressive state of Massachusetts, is hoping that lawmakers will overturn a 40-year-old law because the reality of being “bleeding heart liberals” is resulting in the demise of his town.
The 40-year-old “right-to-shelter” law has got to go, says mayor Galvin, because of the immense strain the thousands of migrant families are putting on the area’s residents. By Friday, there were about 150 families living in the city’s hotels, an “unsustainable” arrangement for his 40,000 constituents.
Galvin told the New York Times the right-to-shelter law, which only exists in Massachusetts, was “passed at a different time, and was not meant to cover what we’re seeing now.”
National Review reports:
Under the 1983 right-to-shelter law, Massachusetts officials are legally required to offer housing to any homeless families seeking shelter in the state. The law now covers a rising influx of migrant families, although individuals are not covered under its provisions.
“We’re going above and beyond, while some communities around us are not being impacted, and we don’t have endless capacity in our schools,” said Galvin. “The benefits that are bestowed on migrants make the state a very attractive destination, and without some changes, this challenge is not going to abate.”
Massachusetts Democrat Governor Maura Healey already declared a state of emergency on August 8th, requesting help from the federal government. On August 31, Healey activated up to 250 Massachusetts National Guard members to assist the more than 6,000 migrant families already in the state’s shelter system.
Approximately 6,300 families are living in emergency shelters and hotels across the state, up roughly 50 percent from the year prior. The cost for such accommodations for all the migrants is approximately $45 million per month, National Review reports.
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