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President Biden has signed an executive order on his second day that ends the Trump administration’s efforts to increase fracking and other oil and gas development on federal lands. This will put thousands of blue-collar workers out of work… many of them belonging to unions.

It’s predicted that Biden will invoke sweeping environmental regulatory changes over the next four years and reverse Trump-era deregulatory policies in an effort to tackle climate change. That definitely includes fracking, a process that the left has long fought to eradicate.

The Biden administration’s crackdown on fossil fuels will include stopping the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, reimposing a moratorium of coal leasing on federal lands, tightening fracking regulations on public lands, directing federal agencies to revise energy standards, and reinstating the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases.

“He will sign a broad executive order that takes steps that are imperative to address our climate crisis and will create good union jobs and advance environmental justice,” national climate adviser Gina McCarthy said Tuesday, adding that Biden will also reverse “more than 100 of the previous administration’s harmful policies.”

Fracking is the process of injecting water into shale rock at high pressure to extract natural gas. It accounts for 13% of the nation’s natural gas production on federal lands and water.

Fracking has made America energy-independent. It has resulted in a sharp drop in carbon dioxide emissions over the past decade as well. Those on the left argue that fossil fuels should remain underground, and that fracking pollutes the environment and contributes to greenhouse gases that lead to global warming.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Tuesday night that President Biden will follow through with his campaign promises to ban new fracking on federal land.

“President Biden promised to end all new oil and gas leasing on federal lands when he was a candidate,” a reporter asked. “Does the administration still have that commitment today? To end that lease?”

“We do and the leases will be reviewed by our team we just have only been in office for less than a day now,” Psaki said.

On Tuesday, Biden signed an Executive Order reentering the Paris Climat Accord. He also moved to revoke permits for the Keystone XL pipeline, eliminating 11,000 jobs and destroying $2 billion in wages.

Fox Business reports:

“The move could happen on President-elect Joe Biden’s first day in office, after the Trump administration spent four years trying to further construction of the $9 billion, 1,200-mile pipeline that would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska.”

“An existing Keystone pipeline currently transports oil from Alberta to Illinois and Texas.”

“According to the Keystone XL website, the project, initially proposed more than a decade ago, would sustain about 11,000 U.S. jobs in 2021 – including 8,000 union jobs – and generate $1.6 billion in gross wages.”

“It is unclear how the Biden administration plans to address the job losses, but his $2 trillion clean energy infrastructure plan, with its goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, aims to “create millions of good-paying jobs that provide workers with the choice to join a union and bargain collectively with their employers,” according to his website.”

Joe Biden’s nominee for interior secretary Rep. Deb Haaland is a Green New Deal co-sponsoring progressive who wants an immediate ban on fracking in the United States.

“For four years, the Trump administration cut legal corners and rushed through massive drilling and mining projects at the behest of corporations. Now the Biden administration is rightfully attempting to take stock of the damage and make sure the agency is following the law, instead of rubber-stamping destructive projects that were in the pipeline,” Jesse Prentice-Dunn, policy director at the Center for Western Priorities, a public lands watchdog group, said in a release.

“Once Deb Haaland is confirmed as Interior secretary, she’ll be able to take long-term actions to make sure the Interior department prioritizes communities and conservation, not extractive industry lobbyists.”

Haaland has repeatedly called for a ban on fracking and has even signed on to the People’s Demands For Climate Justice, a petition which calls for an end to government subsidies for fossil fuels and an “immediate ban on fracking.”

“I am wholeheartedly against fracking and drilling on public lands,” Haaland said in an interview with the Guardian in May 2019.

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