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    From Bradley sux kochs@21:1/5 to Senile Ronnie Reagan on Sun Oct 1 07:09:13 2023
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    Senile Ronnie Reagan <nowomr@protonmail.com> wrote in news:ufamac$1c73g$7@dont-email.me:

    Too fucking funny. Greenies voted for Biden and the black whore, then
    get fucked up the ass.

    Fossil fuel energy companies looking to extract oil and natural gas from
    U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico got a boost on Wednesday, as they
    secured access to 1.6 million acres of waters offered at auction.

    That was just a fraction of some 73.3 million acres of federal waters
    the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
    opened up for bidding. Officials spent more than an hour reading aloud
    the bids in Lease Sale 259, with some 13,600 blocks of "outer
    continental shelf" acreage in the Gulf of Mexico at stake.

    It's the second time this month that the Biden administration has opened federal territory for new oil drilling, after it approved the large and controversial Willow project in Alaska on March 13.

    The oil and gas lease auction was written into a budget deal
    Coming on the heels of the Alaska oil project, the Gulf of Mexico
    offshore lease sale renewed criticism of President Biden from
    environmental groups that note that his 2020 campaign promises included
    a climate plan "banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and

    But the administration says it was compelled to open the huge swath of
    Gulf waters to drilling because of stipulations in the Inflation
    Reduction Act of 2022. The budget act coalesceed around a deal
    Democratic leaders reached with their conservative colleague Sen. Joe
    Manchin of West Virginia, inserting requirements for new oil and gas

    The law mandated that Lease Sale 259 be held "no later than March 30,
    2023," the BOEM said. It adds that sections of the Inflation Reduction
    Act also bar Interior Secretary Deb Haaland from issuing a lease for
    offshore wind until her agency holds an offshore oil and gas lease sale,
    with at least 60 million acres offered.

    The sale brought in nearly $264 million
    In the sale, companies including Chevron and Exxon Mobil led the way
    with dozens of bids. Many of the blocks attracted only single offers;
    bids ranged from as low as $750 up to millions of dollars.

    The sale generated $263.8 million in high bids for 313 blocks of waters,
    the BOEM said.

    The bureau says it has taken potential impacts on marine, coastal and
    human environments into account.

    "Leases resulting from this sale will include stipulations to mitigate potential adverse effects on protected species and to avoid potential
    conflicts with other ocean uses in the region," the agency said.

    The Gulf auction is both lambasted and applauded
    Coming in the wake of the Willow project, the auction in the Gulf
    contradicts the administration's pledges to combat climate change, Woody
    Martin of the Sierra Club's Delta Chapter in Louisiana told NPR.

    "The sanctioning of huge fossil fuel extraction commits the U.S. to
    long-term fossil fuel dependency and continues a current path of rising
    carbon emissions that according to available science will lead to
    disastrous consequences and enormous costs for the U.S. and global
    economies," Martin said.

    The American Petroleum Institute (API) cheered the sale, which it deemed
    "a belated but positive step toward a more energy-secure future."

    Adding that "it should not take an act of Congress to get us to this
    point," the API said energy companies need more certainty to meet
    growing energy needs.

    The group Oceana sharply criticized the sale, but it noted that Biden
    still has important decisions to make that will steer U.S. energy

    "Expanding dirty energy will worsen the climate crisis and new leasing
    for offshore oil and gas drilling must stop," Oceana Campaign Director
    Diane Hoskins said. "President Biden may claim his hands were tied on
    this sale because of the IRA's mandate, but he still has the opportunity
    to make good on his promise to end new oil and gas leasing in his
    Five-Year Plan."

    The Interior Department is working on a new offshore leasing plan
    The administration plans to have a new offshore oil and gas leasing plan
    in place by the end of this year. Haaland said on Tuesday that the next five-year offshore leasing sale plan should take effect by the end of

    "We expect the final plan out in September and after the required review
    period it will be effective in December," Haaland said at a
    congressional budget hearing.

    The plan is required by law; the oil industry has pushed the
    administration to work on it faster.

    Rep. Jake Ellzey, a Texas Republican, asked Haaland about rumors the
    plan might not include any sales. Haaland said she can't decide that
    ahead of the planning process underway.

    https://www.npr.org/2023/03/29/1166802809/gulf-of-mexico-oil-gas-leases-d rilling

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