House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting

House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting
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A dozen progressive House members called on President BidenJoe BidenManchin to vote to nix Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill MORE to reject new permitting for fossil fuel infrastructure, weeks after the administration announced it would resume lease sales on federal land.

The members, led by Rep. Cori BushCori BushHouse progressives urge Garland to intervene in ex-environmental lawyer Steven Donziger's case The real 'threat to democracy'? Pols who polarize us with their opinions For Democrats it should be about votes, not megaphones MORE (D-Mo.), wrote that a full shutdown of fossil fuel production is necessary to achieve the administration’s environmental justice aims.

“Our neighbors in St. Louis are already dying from extreme heat, dangerous floods, and pollution driven by the same fossil fuels driving the climate crisis,” Bush added in a statement. “So far, President Biden has been working with us on a great agenda of public investments, but his ongoing support for the fossil fuel industry threatens to undermine our work. The President is doing so much, but he is simply not doing everything he can to deliver climate justice and save lives - and we need him to now. We cannot allow fossil fuel leases and infrastructure projects to move forward and undermine our collective work - they represent a direct threat to Black, brown, and Indigenous lives.”

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The Biden administration imposed a temporary moratorium on all new oil and gas leasing on federal lands in January. After a court halted the order over the summer, the administration appealed the ruling but has in the meantime resumed lease sales.

The letter was also signed by Reps. Mondaire JonesMondaire JonesMcCarthy delays swift passage of spending plan with record-breaking floor speech House Democrats brush off Manchin Buffalo race becomes early test for a divided Democratic Party MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPelosi: Democrats can't allow 'indecent' Boebert comments to stand Omar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats September video shows Boebert made earlier comments suggesting Omar was a terrorist MORE (D-Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyMcCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP House progressives urge Garland to intervene in ex-environmental lawyer Steven Donziger's case GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE (D-Mass.), Bonnie Watson ColemanBonnie Watson ColemanLawmakers split on next steps to secure transportation sectors against hackers House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Lawmakers call for more resources to support early cancer detection MORE (D-N.J.), Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWar of words escalates in House McCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP Noncitizen voting doesn't pass this test MORE (D-N.Y.), Jesus Garcia (D-Ill.), Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.), Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat Cabral91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill Historic immigration reform included in House-passed spending bill Immigrant advocates release 'Pathway to Citizenship in Five Steps' MORE (D-N.Y.), Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeHouse progressives urge Garland to intervene in ex-environmental lawyer Steven Donziger's case Overturning Roe would be a disaster for young women of color CBC's pivotal role on infrastructure underscores caucus's growing stature MORE (D-Calif.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal War of words escalates in House Mace chief of staff steps down during turbulent week MORE (D-Minn.) and James McGovernJames (Jim) Patrick McGovernHouse progressives urge Garland to intervene in ex-environmental lawyer Steven Donziger's case House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting EPA closer to unveiling plan for tackling 'forever chemicals' MORE (D-Mass.).

Several of its signatories, including Omar, Pressley and Tlaib, visited the site of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota in September to call on Biden to take action against the installation. Although Biden halted the Keystone XL pipeline upon taking office, progressives have expressed frustration over lack of similar action on Line 3 and the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The signers who visited the site point to Line 3 as an example of the need to take drastic action, writing “the mistakes and failures that allowed Line 3 and other pipelines to proceed must not be repeated. Our communities demand better.”

In addition to the ongoing pipeline battles, the letter comes as the progressive wing of the party is struggling to preserve aggressive climate action in the Democratic reconciliation package. Last week, The New York Times reported a key clean energy program, the Clean Electricity Performance Program, is likely to be struck from the bill to address Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin to vote to nix Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill MORE’s (D-W.V.) objections.