The Biden administration has repealed Trump-era energy orders that promoted fossil fuel development and oil drilling.
Earlier this week, Biden’s Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the revoking of a series of Trump-era energy policies that promoted the extraction of fossil fuels, and has launched a new directive prioritising climate change.
Previous policies had promoted the leasing of coal, oil, and gas on public lands and water, and intended to increase oil drilling in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve.
The measures have been described by Haaland as “inconsistent with the department’s commitment to conserve land, water, and wildlife″.
The announcement also revealed that the Biden administration would be cancelling Trump’s 2017 revoking of a moratorium (temporary suspension) on a federal coal reserves sales – but a spokesman clarified that this did not resurrect the coal moratorium, which is still under review.
Introduced by President Obama, the coal moratorium formed part of his effort to combat climate change and resulted in uproar by Republicans and oil lobbyists alike, who condemned it as a “war on coal” and said it would “threaten decades of American energy and climate progress”.
(Actually, the moratorium had relatively little effect- the interest in leasing federal land had already diminished after the collapse of the coal market over the last decade.)