Biden to halt fossil fuel leasing on federal land

Washington (AFP) – President Joe Biden will announce new bans on drilling on federal lands, as well as a US-hosted climate summit in April, as part of a raft of actions that take aim at rising global temperatures. The federal government will pause new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or offshore waters “to the extent possible,” and review existing leases, according to a statement. The issue was politically explosive during the election campaign, especially in the battleground state of Pennsylvania where fracking led to a natural gas boom. The US would also pledge to conserve 30 perce…

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