Letter: No new offshore drilling leases

Published: 7/31/2022 7:03:25 AM
Modified: 7/31/2022 7:00:15 AM

Earlier this month the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released their draft Five Year Plan that will determine where and when our coasts can be leased for oil and gas drilling for the next five years. During his campaign for president, Biden promised that he would not expand offshore drilling, yet this draft plan includes 11 new leases. Even though oil and gas companies are reporting record breaking profits for this year, every day Americans are getting no relief at the pump. Instead, the fossil fuel industry and their allies in Congress are using this as an opportunity to push for more drilling.

But new drilling will do nothing to address the pain we are feeling at the pump. It will only deepen our dependence on the dirty and volatile fossil fuel industry when we desperately need to be transitioning to clean energy. It is unacceptable that the Biden Administration is proposing 10 new leases in the Gulf of Mexico and 1 new lease in the Cook Inlet of Alaska at a time when we need to be moving away from fossil fuels and towards a clean energy future. BOEM’s draft Five Year Plan is open for public comment until October 6th. I really hope that their final Five Year Plan will include no new leases for offshore oil and gas drilling. Our communities, health, and future depend on it.

Johnathan Hoogeveen



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