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Sun May 9, 2021, 10:25 AM

Bill seeks to make Louisiana 'fossil fuel sanctuary' in bid against Biden's climate plans

Bill seeks to make Louisiana ‘fossil fuel sanctuary’ in bid against Biden’s climate plans

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/09/louisiana-bill-fossil-fuel-sanctuary

Republicans and Democrats are introducing bills to push against Biden’s new restrictions on oil and gas companies

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/09/louisiana-bill-fossil-fuel-sanctuary

Sara Sneath in Baton Rouge
Sun 9 May 2021 05.30 EDT

Last modified on Sun 9 May 2021 09.21 EDT

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The idea for the bill, McCormick said, came about after President Joe Biden began putting new restrictions on oil and gas companies, including a pause on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. “Look at what they did to the coal industry,” he said at a Louisiana house committee hearing. “We already know what the game plan is. They already picked off coal. Now they’re going after oil and gas.”

The bill – which is unlikely to move forward in its current state because of legality concerns – is among several bills introduced at the Louisiana legislature this session that would likely reduce regulation of oil and gas companies in the state. Lawmakers say that deregulation is necessary to preserve tax revenues generated by oil and gas companies and to stop further job losses. A separate bill introduced by McCormick would redefine gas pipelines from modes of transportation to facilities, in order to prevent Louisiana state police from fining pipeline companies for failing to immediately report gas leaks.

Louisiana’s Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, has also pushed back on the Biden administration’s energy agenda, penning a letter to the president that included petrochemical lobbyists’ talking points, according to HuffPost. Documents showed an oil and gas trade group coordinated between top officials in Louisiana and their counterparts in New Mexico – another oil state with a Democratic governor. Although the states are headed by Democrats, they remain obstacles to Biden’s climate plans. Texas, which has a Republican governor and legislature is also advancing bills to protect the oil and gas industry from climate efforts.

Nixing environmental requirements would disproportionately hit communities of color. Shreveport, which is 57% Black, is in the 90th to 95th percentile for cancer risk from breathing in air toxics, according to the EPA’s National Air Toxics Assessment. In 2013, the EPA fined the Calumet refinery $326,000 for nine air violations, prompting a new fenceline monitoring system.

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Could almost be posted in 'weird'.

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Sun May 9, 2021, 10:33 AM

1. The last paragraph explains it all.

They don't care whether the poor or minority die from environmental factors. This is not what legislators are elected for.

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Sun May 9, 2021, 10:34 AM

2. One could almost classify it as fossilized...

The real fear here is that once a majority of people find out there's money to be made in renewables, there's no turning back the buggy whip.

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