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On Monday, Joe Biden’s Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration filed with the federal registrar an approval for the construction of the county’s largest oil export terminal, the Sea Port Oil Terminal off the Gulf Coast of Texas, which will be capable of shipping out 2 million barrels of oil per day.
According to the Texas Tribune, James Coleman, a lawyer who specialized in energy at the Southern Methodist University said of the Biden administration, “They keep asking the oil industry to expand its production and build more refineries. And yet they are saying we need to phase out fossil fuels. What they’ve said seems contradictory.”
Since Biden took office he has canceled oil pipelines in the US, which would allow energy to be produced, processed, and distributed with greater ease both for American consumers and for trading partners globally.
The Biden administration filed the terminal’s approval without a public announcement and the port is expected to create 233 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, equal to roughly 4 percent of the US’s total 2020 greenhouse gas emissions.
The filing came one day after the end of COP27, or the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt.
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