(IntegrityMag.com) – In the ongoing struggle with inflation in the United States, one of the most pressing issues has been increasing gas prices. As energy costs skyrocket, more and more Americans struggle to fill their vehicles’ tanks and heat their homes. Yet, it appears the Biden administration is disinclined to fix the problem using domestic resources.
On Saturday, February 19, the administration announced it would delay or suspend new oil and gas leases on federal land. This move followed a ruling from a Trump-appointed judge against the mathematical process officials have used to calculate the social costs of climate change.
The ruling means the Biden administration can no longer take the White House Interagency Working Group findings into account when enforcing energy policies. It also barred officials from considering the global costs of carbon emissions.
A judge’s attempt to protect oil and gas leases leads Biden administration to delay oil and gas leases. https://t.co/X1NzSKmmRx
— NYT Climate (@nytclimate) February 20, 2022
The administration was using an Obama-era model to assess the costs of climate change before the ruling. However, it had been in the process of developing a new model.
President Joe Biden has made the fight against climate change one of his top priorities over the last year. Officials have refused to alter this stance despite industrial and economic concerns.
Do you think Democratic leaders should focus more on the economy and less on climate change?
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