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Despite soaring gas prices, Gavin Newsom denies ‘en masse’ fracking permits

California Governor Gavin Newsom (R) denies hydraulic fracturing permits to state oil companies “en masse” despite continued soaring gas prices, the Chronicle of San Francisco reports, speeding up a policy that was only due to go into effect in 2024.

In April of this year, as reported by Breitbart News, Newsom announced that the state would end permits for hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydraulic fracturing, by 2024, with the goal of completely phasing out oil production in California by 2045 to stop climate change.

However, the the Chronicle reports, Newsom’s administration has started implementing the process sooner than expected, denying permits to expand existing hydraulic fracturing facilities – at a time when gas prices are hovering around $ 6 a gallon in some parts of State :

Gov. Gavin Newsom has vowed the state will stop issuing new permits for hydraulic fracturing by 2024, but California has already started banning the controversial method of oil extraction in practice by denying permits en masse with little fanfare.

Since July, the state has refused 109 permits to expand hydraulic fracturing. Many have been dismissed, in part, under a legal rationale the state has never used before: that hydraulic fracturing could exacerbate the effects of climate change. State oil regulators, in their denial letters, argue that it is in their power to deny permits to protect the environment and public health, including through “the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.” .

The releases are unprecedented and have led to two lawsuits from opponents who claim the Newsom administration has illegally imposed a de facto ban on hydraulic fracturing that makes the state more dependent on imported oil.

The ban on hydraulic fracturing has a negligible effect on climate change, as it simply means that the state must import oil from elsewhere, as drivers face higher prices at the pump and while emissions from China and other developing countries continue to increase.

Ironically, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm attacked the fossil fuel industry on Tuesday, criticizing it for not ramping up production at a time when prices are skyrocketing and having a significant impact on U.S. household budgets.

The administration blames the oil and gas companies and accuses them of rising prices. He also complains that foreign oil producers are not increasing supply. However, he did not blame the effect of the Democrats’ sweeping policies on climate change.

In a related move, the city of Richmond, in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area, struck a deal this week to stop allowing the handling of coal at its port terminal facilities, as part of an effort to fight against climate change and also to reduce local pollution by coal dust. .

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent eBook Ni Free ni Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni scholarship recipient. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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