The title of this post may sound hyperbolic, but it isn’t. Check out the recent opinion piece (published during President Biden’s visit to New Mexico) by Gail Evans, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity is based in New Mexico and works as an attorney for the group.
Evans makes numerous bold statements including urging the “U.S. and other developed countries to end all oil and gas production by 2031.” (Developed does not include China or India).
Furthermore, Evans argues, “Biden must immediately phase out the extraction of fossil fuels in New Mexico and on public lands and waters throughout the country.”
Finally, claims Evans, “He can declare a national climate emergency to speed the end of the fossil fuel era by using his ordinary executive powers and emergency executive powers. He has the authority to phase out the production of oil, gas and coal on our public lands and waters.”
Some of this is conjecture or based on an expansive reading of the law (to say he least), but where is Congress in all of this? Are we really going to allow one person to shut down an entire industry?
Finally, if you exempt China and India which are NOT considered developed countries, are you REALLY serious about addressing climate change or are you just trying to destroy the American economy?