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Sun May 9, 2021, 10:52 AM

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


(Guardian UK) Just south of Oil City, where Louisiana representative Danny McCormick is from, is the predominantly Black city of Shreveport. Residents there breathe some of the most toxic air in the country. Oil refineries owned by UOP and Calumet contribute to the town’s toxic emissions, according to the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory.

But McCormick, a Republican, introduced a bill at the Louisiana capitol last week that would protect oil companies and not residents in his district who have to breathe in that air. The bill would establish Louisiana as a “fossil fuel sanctuary state” and ban local and state employees from enforcing federal laws and regulations that negatively impact petrochemical companies.

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. ............(more)

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




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Sun May 9, 2021, 11:02 AM

1. So, Republicans are against sanctuaries, unless they are for them.

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Sun May 9, 2021, 11:14 AM

2. Built a spill containment

around the state.

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Sun May 9, 2021, 11:31 AM

3. No Federal Funds for clean up and remediation. Louisiana self insures those risks.

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Sun May 9, 2021, 11:40 AM

4. If anyone wonders how red states get left behind, this is it.

So called “pro-life” politicians are happy to poison your children to make a dollar.

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