“The government is playing a dangerous game of Russian roulette with our future,” said Melissa Hornbein, senior attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center. “The science is clear: In order to maintain an even chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, approximately 60% of global oil and gas must be left in the ground. I think we can all agree that a 50% chance of success isn’t great odds when it comes to our planet’s ability to support life, yet the government is doubling down on fossil fuel extraction precisely when it should be hitting the brakes. The announcement of these sales is particularly bewildering in light of President Biden’s executive actions on climate and the Bureau of Land Management’s clear legal discretion when it comes to leasing.”

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