The Biden administration has accelerated the expansion of new oil and gas wells in the United States, issuing drilling permits on public lands at a faster pace than under President Trump. That’s according to a new report by Public Citizen, which found the Bureau of Land Management has approved an average of 333 oil and gas drilling permits per month under Biden — 40% faster than it did in the first three years of Trump’s presidency. This comes despite a campaign promise Biden made during a 2020 debate with Bernie Sanders.
Joe Biden: “No more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling, including offshore, no ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period.”
Meanwhile, a new study finds the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies have made $174 billion in profits during the first nine months of 2021.