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Democrat: Stop Oil Drilling Completely

Dem Congressman: We Must Eradicate Oil to Stop Severe Weather Events

New York Democratic congressman Jamaal Bowman has called for the United States to stop drilling for fossil fuels completely to prevent further “severe weather events.” During a CNN appearance, Bowman attacked the oil and gas industry and lobbied for an “expedited” transition to green energy alternatives. He emphasized the need to eradicate oil and gas drilling in the United States and transition to clean, renewable energy to prevent the worsening of severe weather events caused by the warming of the planet.

Oil and Gas Industry Under Attack

Bowman’s call to eradicate oil and gas drilling in the United States comes as Americans recover from sky-high gas prices under President Joe Biden. The national average price for a gallon of gas last summer exceeded $5 for the first time ever, and forecasters say the average could again exceed $4 in the coming months. Biden campaigned heavily against U.S. oil and gas production, promising to “end fossil fuel” and allow “no more drilling.” The Democrat went on to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline and implement a moratorium on new gas leases within days of taking office.

Heavy-Handed Regulations

Biden’s administration has also targeted the oil and gas industry through heavy-handed regulations. Earlier this month, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards that force coal and gas power plants to slash their carbon emissions a whopping 90 percent between 2035 and 2040. The rule is expected to force many of those plants to shut down rather than spend millions of dollars to comply.

Reliability Issues with Green Energy Sources

While Biden has called to meet the increasing energy demand through green energy sources such as wind and solar, those alternatives come with reliability issues. Elected officials and watchdog groups have warned that much of the United States could face power blackouts this summer and beyond. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Mark Christie has warned that the problem is not the addition of wind and solar, but the subtraction of dispatchable resources like coal and gas.

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