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Senate energy panel leaders from both parties press for Gulf oil lease sale to go on, despite ruling

emocratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate’s energy committee are pressing President Joe Biden’s administration to forge ahead with a sale of Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases Nov. 8, even though a court order that it do so has been paused.


The lease sale, called for in 2022 climate legislation dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act, was announced earlier this year and was originally scheduled for Sept. 27. But the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced in August that it was scaling back the amount of acreage that oil companies would be allowed to bid on from 73 million acres (30 million hectares) to 67 million acres (27 million hectares). That followed a proposed legal settlement between the administration and environmentalists in a lawsuit over protections for an endangered whale species.

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  • Ann Nyambura

    33 w

    The urgency to proceed with the lease sale could place endangered species at risk, which is unacceptable.

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    • rosebellendiritu

      33 w

      It's absurd going against the law and doing all what is wrong,I think steps should be taken now by the courts to ensure the ruling is honoured

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      • mercy nduta

        33 w

        What a big shame especially coming from our leaders.

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        • Grace Njeri

          33 w

          Disappointing! No one is above the law.

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          • Videlis Eddie

            33 w

            @grace_njeri_804 it really unfortunate to see politicians not thinking about the people

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          • CHRIS NGATIA

            33 w

            This ain't right .. Leaders are the ones who are supposed to be leading us in following the laws and orders yet they are the ones going against this laws

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            • Videlis Eddie

              33 w

              @chris_ngatia these people are not worthy of the title leaders

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            • walter lungayi

              33 w

              This decision disregards the potential environmental risks and the need to shift towards cleaner and more sustainable energy sources. It is crucial for lawmakers to prioritize the protection of our planet and invest in renewable energy alternatives instead of continuing to exploit fossil fuels.

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              • Princess

                33 w

                It's concerning.

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                • Videlis Eddie

                  33 w

                  @princess_nel_268 really concerning .. profits is all they have in their mind

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                • Annett Michuki..

                  33 w

                  leaders going against the law is disheartening

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                • johnte ndeto

                  33 w

                  Going against a court order is not even scarring anyone of any consequences ? Or is it because there is none when it comes to climate matters

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                  • Rotich Kim

                    33 w

                    Leaders always advocate for what they benefits this narrative should be changed

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                    • Videlis Eddie

                      33 w

                      @rotich_kim i cant agree more its time to put people over profits

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                    • Videlis Eddie

                      33 w

                      this is disappointing ... these leaders clearly prefer profit over people

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