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U.S. Presidential Hopeful Promises To Ban Oil & Gas Drilling


Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has promised, in a column on Medium, to ban all fossil fuel extractions on all federal lands and coastal waters. This move will no doubt generate some name recognition that may separate Warren from other democrat candidates seeking to win the 2020 Democrat Party primaries.

The federal land in question constitutes 25 percent of total land in the United States, Warren claims in her post, and is worthy of protection. “The Trump administration is busy selling off our public lands to the oil, gas and coal industries for pennies on the dollar—expanding fossil fuel extraction that destroys pristine sites across the country while pouring an accelerant on our climate crisis” Warren’s post reads.

“That’s why on my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that says no more drilling—a total moratorium on fossil fuel leases, including for drilling offshore and on public lands.”

This promise is noteworthy considering that a court ruled earlier this month that while a sitting U.S. president has the authority to protect lands from exploring and drilling activities, they do not have the authority to reinstate those lands with an executive order. Rather, lifting a ban would require congressional approval, according to the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska judge Sharon L. Gleason in her ruling. That ruling will likely be appealed and could drag on for years to come.

Warren’s stance on fossil fuels is in stark contrast to the United States under President Donald Trump, which saw a flurry of oil and gas drilling permits issued in 2018.

Warren’s position is not only drastically different than President Trump’s position on fossil fuels, but it’s a step or two further than the rest of her presidential hopeful peers—most of whom support the Green New Deal but stop shy of promoting a full-scale ban.

By Julianne Geiger for Oilprice.com

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  • jenny John on May 08 2019 said:
    It does no good to ban drilling in the u.s. but continue to allow imports of oil and gas from overseas. When we are dependent on foreign sources like California is dependent on Saudi oil, it creates Major problems for the military to protect those sources sometimes sacrificing our soldier's lives . i support local drilling until we can wean ourselves off oil by switching to electric vehicles etc. It will take awhile!
  • Noneya Bidnez on May 05 2019 said:
    No one with a brain supports the Green New Deal. It's amazing how Democrats don't understand just how damaging they really are.
  • James Burke on May 01 2019 said:
    Faux-Ca-Hontis said this shortly after climbing out of her Escalade after flying in a private jet to the event....

    PLEASE continue this insanity...then fade into the obscurity that you so richly deserve.

    As an AUTHENTIC Native American, and an Oilfield worker, I fully support safe drilling operations everywhere in America and her coastal waters.
  • Willi Henn on April 25 2019 said:
    ....only two logical reasons for Warren saying this:
    1. Dems secretly planned to concede the 2020 election and focus on 2024
    2. Warren is lining up all Dem candidates in a circle, next step in this political death by circular firing squad.
    Free Healthcare + Free College + Free livable wage = 360 Electoral votes for Trump. The funny thing is going to be how Trump trolls these sheep on a daily basis.

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