President Biden and his Interior Department need to act fast to cancel next week’s Gulf lease sale – known as sale 257.
Despite promising climate action, Biden’s Department of Interior is scheduled to sell more than 80 million acres of the Gulf for oil and gas drilling and fracking. To add insult to this grave injury to our people and planet, the sale will occur just days after the end of the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow.
In addition to breaking his own campaign promise to ban new oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters, Biden’s plan to sell the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas may also be illegal. This unprecedented megasale is being challenged in court by a range of national environmental groups over outdated and insufficient environmental analysis.
The Biden administration has the gall to claim that this sale of drilling rights will not contribute to climate change or “adversely impact” frontline communities. In fact, this megasale will result in the production of up to 1.12 billion barrels of oil and 4.4 trillion cubic feet of gas over the next 50 years. And frontline communities along the Gulf have suffered a long and fraught history as a sacrificial zone.
But it’s not too late for President Biden and his team to stop this. The President has existing authority to defer the megasale. Tell President Biden that reversing course on the climate crisis starts with keeping his promise to end new leases on public lands and waters, including next week in the Gulf of Mexico.