The Latest On: Federal Fossil Fuels
Drew Caputo, Vice President of Litigation, Earthjustice: “The scientists are not just saying clearly – but waving their arms frantically – that the time to begin to move seriously to winding down fossil fuel development is now. That it will be more effective and far cheaper to make those changes now than later.”
Drew Caputo, Vice President of Litigation, Earthjustice: “There is just a big gap between the administration’s rhetoric and aspirations on climate and their actual actions. What matters now is not pledges, or desire to do the right thing, but making the right decisions.”
Brettny Hardy, Attorney, Oceans Program, Earthjustice: “Interior had a lot of discretion over whether to hold this lease sale and they chose to do it anyway.”
Brettny Hardy, Attorney, Oceans Program, Earthjustice: “The Louisiana order does not mandate that Interior hold this lease sale — it just forbids Interior from implementing a more general ‘pause on leasing. Nor does the order say Interior must hold the sale if doing so would violate other statutes — like the National Environmental Policy Act.”
Drew Caputo, VP of Litigation, Earthjustice: "The Biden administration has a real possibility to lead on climate, but it must be willing to move away from leasing out our lands and waters, and our future, to the oil and gas industry."
Drew Caputo, VP of Litigation, Earthjustice: “We’re talking about transitioning away from a fossil fuel economy, and they are selling a giant carbon bomb of a lease sale.”
Brettny Hardy, Attorney, Oceans Program, Earthjustice: "The sale is going to lock in [oil and gas] production for years to come. By that time, we need to be moving away from fossil fuels in order to survive. This lease sale is a really critical juncture and is sending us in the exact opposite direction."