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senate Bill S. 2238

Should the US Continue Leasing Federal Land for Drilling or “Keep it in the Ground?”

Argument in favor

The U.S. needs to be a leader in the race to stop climate change. Federal land — which belongs to all of us — should not be used to extract climate change-inducing fossil fuels.

Kate's Opinion
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02/12/2016
US needs to take stronger steps towards a just transition away from fossil fuels.
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Lewis's Opinion
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02/11/2016
The drilling would cause more problems then solutions.
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Grace's Opinion
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08/20/2016
The Stone Age didn't end when we ran out of stone, so why hold off ending the oil age until we run out of oil? Climate change is a threat not only to the environment and to the millions of species on this planet, but to the economy, health and security of this nation, and it's citizens and peoples across the globe. The quickest and easiest way for the United States to address this issue is to instantly stop production of fossil fuels on federal lands and waters by keeping them in the ground. This won't only help preserve the planet for future generations, but will protect local communities and ecosystems from devastating effects of fracking and oil spills. We have the technology to be fracked gas and oil free. Let's do it.
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Argument opposed

The bill would deprive the government of billions of dollars in federal revenue from the leases. It’s pointless for the United States to restrict drilling if other countries aren’t doing the same.

Loraki's Opinion
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11/21/2016
WE NEED ENERGY INDEPENDENCE! Being dependent upon oil from the Middle East is fine, if you don't mind those countries spending U.S. dollars to support Islamic civilization jihad and terrorism. This bill is obviously part of the Left's war on fossil fuels. It is part of selling out our national sovereignty and security to the corrupt United Nations. It is part of the globalists' agenda for a New World Order, in which the elites control EVERYTHING! And by the way, going "green" ISN'T going to save the planet! I believe even Stephen Hawking agrees with God that the Earth has an expiration date! That doesn't mean we shouldn't be good stewards of our resources, BUT the Earth and everything on it (and in it) was made FOR mankind, not the other way around!
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Mike's Opinion
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09/03/2016
Why on earth would we want 4 dollar a gallon gas again?
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Susan's Opinion
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01/25/2017
Our country should be moving toward clean renewable energy. Our environment and climate research shows that humans through use of fossil fuels are damaging the eco systems. Continuing to do the same thing over and over while expecting different results is insanity. Change now.
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What is Senate Bill S. 2238?

This bill would limit fossil fuel development on U.S. federal land and water. Specifically, it would affect:

  • Federal lands: Banning all new leases for fossil fuel development and terminate any current leases that are non-producing.

  • Arctic and Atlantic Oceans: Prohibiting any offshore drilling.

  • Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico: Banning new leases for offshore drilling and end non-producing leases.

The bill would not affect production on privately owned land. Instead, it targets the 24 percent of U.S. carbon emissions (and 3-4 percent of worldwide emissions) that originate on U.S. federal lands.

Impact

Corporations with current leases to drill, corporations who planned to seek leases, oil workers, everyone who stands to be affected by climate change

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2238

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. Cost estimates depend on how big of a threat each side believes climate change represents. A spokesperson for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair Lisa Murkowski said the bill could lead to higher energy prices and cost the government billions in lost lease revenue. But climate researchers have estimated that damage from climate change could cost US coastal areas $1 trillion by 2100.

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In Depth: 

At a 2009 United Nations climate conference, the United States and other countries agreed that global temperature should be kept to fewer than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. This bill states that if the the global temperature rises more than 2℃, the world will experience “droughts, rising seas, mass extinctions, heat waves, desertification, wildfires, acidifying oceans, significant economic disruption, and security threats.”

The bill also states that in order to keep temperatures below this level, 80 percent of remaining global fossil fuel reserves must remain unburned. By preventing new drilling leases on federal lands and waters, this bill aims to keep 90 percent of the carbon from oil, gas, and coal in these areas underground.


Of Note: This bill is making more of a splash than it might otherwise would because Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is a cosponsor.


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Summary by Katie Rose Quandt

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AKA

Keep It in the Ground Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to prohibit drilling in the outer Continental Shelf, to prohibit coal leases on Federal land, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
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      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    IntroducedNovember 4th, 2015
    US needs to take stronger steps towards a just transition away from fossil fuels.
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    WE NEED ENERGY INDEPENDENCE! Being dependent upon oil from the Middle East is fine, if you don't mind those countries spending U.S. dollars to support Islamic civilization jihad and terrorism. This bill is obviously part of the Left's war on fossil fuels. It is part of selling out our national sovereignty and security to the corrupt United Nations. It is part of the globalists' agenda for a New World Order, in which the elites control EVERYTHING! And by the way, going "green" ISN'T going to save the planet! I believe even Stephen Hawking agrees with God that the Earth has an expiration date! That doesn't mean we shouldn't be good stewards of our resources, BUT the Earth and everything on it (and in it) was made FOR mankind, not the other way around!
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    The drilling would cause more problems then solutions.
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    We have to stop our dependency on oil or when it does all dry up we'll be dumbfounded as to how to carry on.
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    The Stone Age didn't end when we ran out of stone, so why hold off ending the oil age until we run out of oil? Climate change is a threat not only to the environment and to the millions of species on this planet, but to the economy, health and security of this nation, and it's citizens and peoples across the globe. The quickest and easiest way for the United States to address this issue is to instantly stop production of fossil fuels on federal lands and waters by keeping them in the ground. This won't only help preserve the planet for future generations, but will protect local communities and ecosystems from devastating effects of fracking and oil spills. We have the technology to be fracked gas and oil free. Let's do it.
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    Keep it in the ground.
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    We need to move away from fossil fuels and make cleaner energies more efficient, so we can live in a nice equilibrium with the millions of other species that inhabit the earth, as well as live in balance with the earth!
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    We should ban drilling for the sake of our waters, oceans, and lands. Drilling is helping to destroy our lovely planet. There are much better means or solutions to create renewable energy. Climate change is real. When are we going to realize that? When it is too late! We can't let that happen.
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    Climate Change is the largest global threat we face. Everything else pales in comparison. We must do everything in our power to move to a clean energy economy. That means fossil fuels stay on the ground.
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    Keep it where it belongs. We not only need to stop fossil fuel production, it's economic if we go green because we save sooooo much in cost both in the short and long run. We don't have to pay for energy, it comes free of charge(minus some costs for maintenance, which applies to fossils fuels too) and we save from having to pay for natural disasters that will affect the environment and people and communities living in them.
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    We need to focus on alternative energy souces
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    It's time.
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    We need to push ourselves and all the other countries to "Keep It In The Ground"!
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    We cannot meet our increasingly ambitious climate goals of we do not keep fossil fuels in the ground!
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    With all the progress we have made - over the last few years especially - we are still a long way to go to get ourselves not only on par with many other nations' plans to help protect our planet, but with enough clean energy to actually make a difference. Our planet should be ISSUE #1. It affects everyone in every country, no matter how poor or rich you are. There is no replacement. There will be no turning back. Science is hard cold fact. Mr Trump and anyone else denying it are not denying it because they actually believe it doesn't exist, but because their monetary interests are expanded by them denying it. We cannot let corporations' greed further jeopardize the health and life on and of this planet.
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    We MUST transition away from fossil fuels and toward sustainable and renewable energy sources! We have more than enough oil in reserves to sustain our country through the transition process if we stop exporting what we have produced thus far.
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    If we protect the US lands and other countries don't, then later the US will be clean and healthy and all the other countries will be suffering. The US will be setting a good example and then other countries may follow our lead.
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    Climate change is a threat not only to the environment and to the millions of species on this planet, but to the economy, health and security of this nation, and it's citizens and peoples across the globe. The quickest and easiest way for the United States to address this issue is to instantly stop production of fossil fuels on federal lands and waters by keeping them in the ground. This won't only help preserve the planet for future generations, but will protect local communities and ecosystems from devastating effects of fracking and oil spills.
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    Strong signals need to be sent to the market to adapt the energy system to the preponderance of science pointing to the dangerous and destabilizing effects of carbon on our climate. The U.S. should restrict its use of fossil fuels while it can still make a difference, that process starts by ending the expansion of domestic drilling.
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    Time to help the environment
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