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Reversing Trump, the Interior Department moved swiftly on climate change.
WASHINGTON – While the Department of the Interior is waiting for a new secretary general, the agency is working to lock in a key part of President Joe Biden̵7;s environmental agenda, especially on oil and gas restrictions, laying the groundwork to meet. The management’s most consequential climate change contract, New Mexico representative Deb Haaland, Biden’s nominee to lead the department, faces a showdown in the Senate later this month amid concerns. Republicans for her past position against oil and gas drilling But even without her, the agency that has spent most of the past four years opening up vast expanses for commercial exploitation has pulled a sudden confrontation. The department has suspended the sale of the lease in the Gulf of Mexico under an early executive order requiring a temporary suspension of new drilling leases in all public land and waters, and a review of the leasing program is required. There is frozen drilling activity in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, slowing back the Trump era to protecting migratory birds and northern owls, and taking first steps in restoring the memorial. Two national parks in Utah and one off the Atlantic coast where former President Donald Trump is mostly reluctant. Signed up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times earlier this week, an executive official said the Interior Department was ready to take the next step in preparing a review of the federal oil and gas leasing program. Even critics of the management’s agenda said they were surprised by the performance of the agency. “They’re evidently moving forward quickly and aggressively,” commented Nicolas Loris, an economist who commented. Important to the environmental policy of the Conservative Heritage Foundation said That aggression, along with Haaland’s history of pushing to shut down drilling and fossil fuel pipelines, has left the agency on fire from Republicans and the oil and gas industry. Likewise, your nomination is a proxy battle for the future of fossil fuels, ”Sen. Maria Cantwell Dewash told Haland during a confirmation hearing last week. Last Ultimately, the Environmental Protection Agency will be at the center of the battle for climate change regulations as it is the main body for monitoring emissions from the electricity and transportation sectors, the source of greenhouse gas emissions. The two largest in the United States But the Interior Department, which decides when to sell the state’s coal, oil and gas, and has always been at the heart of the contentious battle to keep such resources “in the ground,” is America’s most fossil fuels? not It should not be used to avoid dangerous concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.Biden has appointed nearly 50 senior interior officials at large agencies, many of whom are veterans of the Obama administration, specializing in policy pulls. They include Kate Kelly, who spent six years in the Interior department before going to the Liberal Center for the Advancement of America, where she focused on public land policy. And Laura Danielle Davis, who served as chief of staff of former secretaries Sally Jewell and Ken Salazar, this time she was deputy assistant principal secretary in land and minerals management. Perhaps the most important driver of the agency’s most aggressive early action was David Hayes, who held both the Obama administration and Clinton as deputy secretary. Interior Hayes worked on Biden’s transition and, before his inauguration, was tapped to be the president’s special adviser on climate change policy. Provisional conservation officials for the National Audubon Society said the appointment was effective immediately. Days after Biden named a new offshore energy regulator at the Office of Ocean Energy Management, the office revived a review of offshore wind farms near Martha’s Vineyard that the Trump administration moved to abolish, Greenberger noted. Actions such as suppressing Trump-era rules that cost the protection of migratory birds in particular require ultra-quick planning, as the Biden administration has a short window of action before the rules take place. Effect on February 8, similarly on Alaska. Indigenous groups missed the deadline to conduct earthquakes in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The department has moved to kill the survey effectively. Understand what must happen and what are the opportunities, ”Greenberg said. Critics take a darker view, “making you wonder if they treat the new secretary as a puppet, and the authorities are taking action as they planned regardless,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance. It’s the Oil and Gas Association in Denver. In a statement, Interior Chief Interior Officer Jennifer van der Heide said that those in the agency were working on Biden’s campaign contract until Haaland was confirmed. Need to be done asap But when we have a secretary, she will give her leadership, experience and vision to restore morale in the clean energy economy building department, strengthen international relations to the country. With various tribes and inspire a movement to better preserve our country’s territory, waters and wildlife, “said Van der Heide. The Ministry of the Interior manages some 500 million acres of public land and vast coastal waters. The company leases several acres for oil and gas drilling, as well as wind and solar farms. It oversees the country’s national parks and wildlife refugees, protects endangered and endangered wildlife, recovers abandoned mine sites, maintains government ties with 574 federally recognized tribes and provides information. Scientifically about the effects of climate change The sprawling entities allow the interior to move faster than smaller entities that rely on outdated regulations, experts noted. The Interior has launched a consultation with tribal leaders to hear recommendations on federal policy and to reverse the restrictions Trump’s Interior Secretary David Burnhard has placed on the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which Prevent money from being used to buy public land But some key actions, such as an expected amendment to the Endangered Species Act, which the Trump administration has cut by regulation, will have to wait for the Senate-confirmed secretary general. Ultimately, Biden’s interior department will be determined by a reversal of fossil fuels after four years the Trump administration has taken a serious effort to generate energy in public spaces. Upon hearing Haaland’s confirmation, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Said she supported the storage of fossil fuels “in the ground.” How will it work if Biden’s halt to drilling is permanent? Haaland sought to reassure Republicans that she enacted Biden’s law to halt future fracking without a ban. In fact, Biden’s position is not far from Haaland’s.He has campaigned on promises to “ban new oil and gas authorization in public areas and public waters,” and it is unclear now that Biden’s administration will move forward. With a permanent moratorium or not, Sgamma, whose group has filed a lawsuit challenging Biden’s executive order, said she believes the management’s review of the leasing program is designed to drag throughout the term. Biden’s time “In the meantime, we expect no leasing and other permitted activities to slow down. That’s why it’s not. “Pause” on the hire purchase. “She said,” whether you call it a pause or a years-long ban, it’s illegal and I love our chances in court, “said Drew Caputo, vice president of cases at EarthJustice, an environmental group. Hopefully the early pause will be a down payment for Biden’s campaign pledge. “The climate and biodiversity crisis have not stopped,” he said. 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