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The current president of The United States of America, Joe Biden, is sued this week to stop more than 3,500 permit applications from energy companies to drill for oil and gas on federal lands by a coalition of environmental groups.

Biden’s administration is questioned because it hasn’t considered the damage that climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions from drilling do to endangered species and that permit approvals in Wyoming and New Mexico violated federal laws, including the Endangered Species Act.

According to these groups, burning fossil fuels from drilling is heating the planet and damaging imperiled species like Hawaiian songbirds, desert fish, ice seals, and polar bears. This permit will release 600 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

This lawsuit is said to be the latest attempt by environmentalists to pressure the administration to halt new drilling permits. Government affairs director of the Center for Biological Diversity, Brett Hartl, stated, “Fossil fuels are driving the extinction crisis, and the Bureau of Land Management is making things worse by failing to protect these imperiled species.

On Wednesday, this lawsuit was filed against the Bureau of Land Management in the District Court of Washington, D.C., by The Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians, and the Western Environmental Law Center.

Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, a trade group representing the oil and gas industry, countered and claimed that the climate groups “will not be satisfied until federal oil and natural gas is shut down completely, yet that option is not supported by law.” By stating, “They’re trying to use the courts to deny Americans energy and drive up prices because they can’t convince Congress to change the law. Shutting down federal oil and natural gas does nothing to address climate change, but merely shifts the production to private lands or overseas.”

The groups argued this statement and remarked, “The Bureau of Land Management has admitted that continued oil and gas exploitation is a significant cause of the climate crisis, yet the agency continues to recklessly issue thousands of new oil and gas drilling permits.”

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