• Re: Biden calls for up to 3 offshore oil leases in Gulf of Mexico, upse

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    WASHINGTON President Joe Biden's administration on Friday proposed up
    to three oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico but none in
    Alaska as it tries to navigate between energy companies seeking greater
    oil and gas production and environmental activists who want Biden to
    shut down new offshore drilling in the fight against climate change.

    The five-year plan includes proposed sales in the Gulf of Mexico, the
    nation's primary offshore source of oil and gas, in 2025, 2027 and 2029.
    The three lease sales are the minimum number the Democratic
    administration could legally offer if it wants to continue expanding
    offshore wind development.

    Under the terms of a 2022 climate law, the government must offer at
    least 60 million acres of offshore oil and gas leases in any one-year
    period before it can offer offshore wind leases.

    The provision tying offshore wind to oil and gas production was added by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a top recipient of oil and
    gas donations and a key vote in favor of the climate law, which was
    approved with only Democratic votes in the House and the Senate. The
    landmark law, the Inflation Reduction Act, was signed by Biden as a key
    step to fight climate change but includes a number of provisions
    authored by Manchin, a centrist who represents an energy-producing
    state.

    For instance, if the Biden administration wants to expand solar and wind
    power on public lands, it must offer new oil and gas leases first.

    "The Biden-Harris administration is committed to building a clean energy
    future that ensures America's energy independence," Interior Secretary
    Deb Haaland said in a statement. The proposed offshore leasing program "represents the smallest number of oil and gas lease sales in history"
    and "sets a course for (the Interior Department) to support the growing offshore wind industry," she said.

    The lease program will guard against environmental damage caused by oil
    and gas drilling and other adverse impacts to coastal communities,
    Haaland said.

    The sales would increase climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions,
    according to a 300-page environmental review by the Interior
    Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. How much they will
    increase is uncertain because the review considered five or 10 new sales
    but not the three sales proposed.

    Manchin sharply criticized the administration's announcement and said
    limiting oil and gas sales would result in fewer renewable energy leases
    under the terms of the climate law.

    "You can't have one without the other," he said. "It makes no sense at
    all to actively be limiting our energy production."

    Still, the plan allows drillers such as Chevron, BP and ExxonMobil to participate in as many as three oil and gas auctions over the next five
    years, a top priority for the industry that could lock in decades of
    offshore oil and gas production.

    The plan goes against Biden's campaign promise to end new offshore
    drilling and could become a political liability for the Democratic
    president, who already faces sharp opposition from environmental groups
    angry at his decision earlier this year to approve ConocoPhillips'
    massive Willow oil project in Alaska.

    ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance called Willow "the right decision for
    Alaska and our nation." But environmental groups call the $8 billion
    project a "carbon bomb" that would betray Biden's pledge to cut
    planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. Opponents
    mounted a #StopWillow campaign on social media that has been seen
    hundreds of millions of times.

    Interior Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau appeared to acknowledge the contradiction on Thursday, telling a Senate hearing the administration's options were limited by the climate law.

    "The (oil leasing) program is definitely informed by the IRA and the
    connection that the IRA makes between offshore oil and gas leasing and renewable energy leasing," he said, referring to the Inflation Reduction
    Act.

    The Interior Department can't sell the rights to drill for oil and gas
    offshore without first publishing a schedule that outlines its plans.
    The administration faced a Saturday deadline to release the five-year
    plan.

    Two or more sales have been held most years over the past several
    decades under the federal offshore leasing program, which was
    established in the 1950s. While Friday's decision means fewer sales, it
    will take years for that to impact oil production because companies can
    take up to 15 years to start drilling once a lease is awarded, said
    energy analyst Rene Santos, of S&P Global Commodity Insights.

    Over the long term, Santos said, that could help drive companies to
    other countries, such as Guyana, where the government is more open to
    drilling.

    Environmentalists said the leasing will worsen climate change impacts
    and leave coastal communities exposed to spills that occur regularly in
    the Gulf of Mexico.

    Any individual sales held under the proposal will likely face legal
    challenges from groups such as Earthjustice. The law firm's president,
    Abigail Dillen, said Friday that the new plan represented a missed
    opportunity.

    "We will continue to work alongside Gulf Coast communities to challenge
    new leasing and transition beyond a fossil economy that is poisoning
    people and driving climate change," Dillen said in a statement.

    The oil industry and its allies have called for more leasing, not less.

    The American Petroleum Institute, the top lobbying group for the oil and
    gas industry, said Biden was "choosing failed energy policies that are
    adding to the pain Americans are feeling at the pump.''

    "This restrictive offshore leasing program is the latest tactic in a coordinated strategy to reduce energy production, limiting consumers'
    access to affordable reliable energy,'' API CEO Mike Sommers said.

    At the last lease sale, in March, companies including Chevron, BP and ExxonMobil bid $264 million for drilling rights in the Gulf, a sharp
    rise from the previous auction in 2021.

    https://www.npr.org/2023/09/29/1202698332/biden-offshore-oil-and-gas-leas es-gulf-of-mexico

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