During Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” the president’s special climate envoy John Kerry commented on the Biden administration granting new drilling leases saying he agrees with additional fossil fuel production if it is “designed to be able to meet the need for economic stability so that we can make the transitions that we need”, and he sees this decision “as a temporary measure to try to relieve the pressure on prices, which is critical to keeping the population engaged in moving in those directions,” and that President Biden “knows that a lot of those leases that have been granted are simply not going to be tapped.”
Kerry said: “Is there extra pumping? Yes there is. Because demand is on the rise and because with the situation in Ukraine, the United States will do everything to help our friends who have made sacrifices by refusing to accept Russian gas and oil and who are now going even further fast in the deployment of renewable energies for their own electricity sectors in their country and transport in their country. So I don’t think – as long as the extra efforts to produce gas are, in fact, temporary, as long as they’re scaled to be able to deal with the need for economic stability so that we can make the transitions that we need, and I think the chairman knows that many of these leases that have been granted will simply not be used. We have an oil and gas industry in the United States that has [a] massive number of leases already authorized and they are not drilling. So I see this as a temporary measure to try to relieve the pressure on prices, which is essential to maintain the commitment of the population to move in these directions, and I think that is understandable.
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