U.S. Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren Calls for Total Moratorium on New Oil and Gas Leases ‘On First Day’

gCaptain | 4/15/2019 | Reuters
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By Valerie Volcovici April 15 (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said on Monday she would ban all fossil fuel extraction on federal land and in coastal waters, setting herself apart from a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls who have made climate change a central campaign issue but have yet to outline specific policies.

Warren said in a post on Medium that she would sign an executive order on her first day in office for a “total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases including for drilling offshore and on public lands.” “We must not allow corporations to pillage our public lands and leave taxpayers to clean up the mess,” she wrote.

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Warren’s stance on public lands contrasts starkly with that of President Donald Trump, whose Interior Department has sped up permitting for drilling and mining on public lands as a part of the administration’s “energy dominance” agenda.

The United States approved nearly 40 percent more oil and gas drilling permits on public lands in 2018 compared to previous years, and has moved to roll back environmental regulations to speed up more approvals.

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The Interior Department is also expected in the coming weeks to announce a...
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