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2020 Presidential Election

2020 Environment: Fossil Fuel Drilling

WHAT IT IS

CONTEXT

  • The oil and gas industry is one of the largest contributors to the U.S. economy. [Bureau of Economic Analysis]
  • The United States has become the world’s top oil and gas producer due to a fracking-led drilling boom. [Reuters]
  • Pollution caused by oil and gas consumption is one of the largest contributors to climate change. [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency]
  • There are environmental consequences from consuming fossil fuels, including land destruction from drilling, environmental pollution, and climate change. [National Geographic]
TRUMP ELECTION

President Trump:

 

Supports new drilling

Feb. 2020: The Trump administration successfully opened almost a million acres of previously protected land to drilling exploration. [The New York Times]

 

 

Supports offshore drilling

President Trump signed an executive order to "expand offshore oil and gas drilling and open more leases to develop offshore drilling." [Donald Trump Campaign]

 

May 2019: Successfully rolled back environmental protections against wells "blowing out." [NPR]

 

 

Supports fracking

Feb. 2020: The Trump administration successfully opened federal lands to fracking exploration. [The New York Times]

 

 

Supports leasing federal land for drilling

The Trump administration has implemented the "largest rollback of public lands protection in United States history." [The New York Times]

 

2018: The Trump administration tripled the number of leases available, compared to the Obama administration. [The New York Times]

BIDEN ELECTION

Former Vice President Biden:

 

Is against new drilling

During his time as VP, Biden helped "expand or establish protections for more than 550 million acres of federal lands..." [Joe Biden Campagin]

 

Biden has also called for "aggressive methane pollution limits for new and existing oil and gas operations." [Joe Biden Campagin]

 

 

Is against offshore drilling

During his time as VP, Biden helped ban drilling in large parts of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. [Joe Biden Campagin]

 

Biden has promised to "pursue a global moratorium on offshore drilling in the Artic." [Joe Biden Campagin]

 

 

Is against new fracking

"No more - no new fracking" [Forbes]

 

Biden has also called for better regulations of existing fracking. [The Washington Post]

 

 

Is against new leases of federal lands for drilling

Biden has promised to ban new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters. [Joe Biden Campagin]

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