Biden orders 60-day moratorium on oil, natural gas production on federal land

President Joe Biden wasted no time in signing various executive orders to reverse the policies of his predecessor or advance the Democratic Party’s agenda.

One such action this week calls for a 60-day moratorium on new oil and natural gas leases as well as drilling permits on federal land.

New Mexico could be especially hard hit

As expected, the order was hailed by environmental activists and is widely seen on the left as a step toward dealing with the climate crisis.

The news did not please everyone in Biden’s party, however, and could have dire economic repercussions — especially in New Mexico.

Even many prominent Democrats in that state are hesitant to join in the celebration given the vital role that the oil and natural gas industry plays in its economy. New Mexico is far from the nation’s most prosperous state and depends heavily on drilling operations for public spending projects.

Each year, oil and gas operations bring in hundreds of millions of dollars to the New Mexico economy, according to the most recent figures available.

In addition, the industry employs thousands of people across the state, meaning Biden’s order could further depress its jobs market.

“We all understand the critical importance”

The central problem for New Mexico is that its oil and natural gas operations largely take place on federal lands unlike other oil-rich states, like Texas.

Accordingly, a 60-day moratorium means the state is on pace to lose large amounts of vital revenue. Even Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham skirted the issue without fully endorsing Biden’s plan.

“Certainly we all understand the critical importance of this industry to New Mexico’s bottom line and the imperative to diversify our state economy and energy portfolio,” a spokesperson for the governor said.

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway went a step further in his criticism, declaring: “During his inauguration, President Biden spoke about bringing our nation together. Eliminating drilling on public lands will cost thousands of New Mexicans their jobs and destroy what’s left of our state’s economy. How does that bring us together? Environmental efforts should be fair and well-researched, not knee-jerk mandates that just hurt an already impoverished state.”

This order was not the only act by the newly inaugurated president that reveals his administration’s climate policy priorities, including a move to rejoin the Paris climate agreement and another action that halts the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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  1. Perhaps Naazy is trying to get JB out of the picture with the awful decrees & EO’S in order to have Camerla step in

    1. Concern over the planets environment are always welcome as long as they are real. To call global warming a crisis is far from accurate. In the 70’s they were predicting the polar caps would be gone within 11 years and thousands of miles if coastline would be underwater by then. Science shows the average temperature of the planet has gone down 1° since 1990 so we are not anywhere near “crisis”. Further, the level of carbon emissions has gone down 2% since President Trump pulled us out of the unconstitutional Paris Agreement while emissions in most other countries in the agreement have gone up. So it is obvious that we have more than met reducing emissions without economic damage. Thus there is no valid reason to rejoin the Paris Agreement and certainly not now in the midst of and epidemic with the economy strained there is no moral reason either!

      1. Kudos to you. Carbon emissions are really not the most significant greenhouse issue. Water vapor is!!! Deforestation and farming irrigation puts much more water vapor in the air. Every weather forecast tells us that the nights are not as cold when it is cloudy because the clouds hold in the heat. Wake up peole.

    1. Biden doesn’t have a clue as to what he is signing! He can read that fast! TOO small print & no teleprompter to keep him on track…lol… What a fool these people voted in!

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  3. I hope you idiots who voted for Biden open your eyes and see what a big mistake you fools made i hope you all loose your jobs .

  4. He talks out of both ends of his mouth (the front and the back end). he doesn’t care about the American people. He only wants to kiss China’s butt.

  5. He has no idea what he is signing. The puppet master is pulling his strings, so he signs anything put in front of him.

  6. If it’s not America First, then he needs to move to another country. His first day was a disaster. I have not seen him do one good thing his whole time in government. He should be put on the no fly list with other terrorists and locked up. He has company; Add Harris, Pelosi, Schumer, Cuomo and his CNN brother, Chris, and Don Lemonade, needs more sugar, sour as their breathe and the words that come out. They are traitors, including Antifa, BLM, which has nothing to do with black lives. I have many black,Asian, and other friends who do not support that mess. Do your research. Spread the word of truth. God’s wrath is coming for those who spread lies.

  7. I will never call the man sworn in on January 20th, 2021 as a US President. I am encouraging everyone not to call him president, Not even give him the courtesy of calling Him by Mr., or even by his last name Biden.
    Whenever someone refers to him only call him “JB: — ie: JB just signed an order, ETC.
    The same goes for the individual sworn in as VP — Only refer to her as KH. Neither one of them deserve any courtesy at all. They stole their position, so never give them any credit.

    I AM AN AMERICAN AND AM PROUD TO USE MY PLATFORM OF FREE SPEECH TO POST THIS MESSAGE.

    Frank Jones, Retired US Army -24 years.
    IF YOU AGREE WITH ME == REPOST TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS

    BTW: I think it’s time to start considering impeachment of a setting president, and vice president.

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