Biden’s pro-car, pro-gasoline moves leave green allies fuming

Source: By BEN LEFEBVRE, CATHERINE BOUDREAUand TANYA SNYDER, Politico • Posted: Monday, August 16, 2021

The climate-focused administration is “caught between what it needs for elections and its long term policy goals.”

President Joe Biden participates in a virtual meeting on Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act at South Court Auditorium at Eisenhower Executive Office Building August 11, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

The White House’s latest moves include imploring OPEC and Russia to increase oil production in the name of lowering fuel prices, as well as championing a trillion-dollar infrastructure deal loaded with money for new and wider highways. The Biden administration has also declined to block a series of oil pipeline projects — despite killing Keystone XL — and has greenlit drilling on leased federal land at a faster rate than former President Donald Trump’s agencies had.

The pro-fossil-fuel actions are opening the door to sniping from Republicans, who took special delight in lampooning the request to OPEC. They’re also sowing frustration among green groups, which say Biden is undercutting his climate strategy and sending mixed messages about the urgency of lessening the nation’s reliance on oil and natural gas.