A leaked internal memo has revealed that Democrat President Joe Biden’s White House has banned senior administration officials from attending conferences that promote the use of fossil fuels.
The guidance, which originated from the White House National Security Council (NSC), prohibits admin officials from traveling for international energy engagements that promote “carbon-intensive” fuels, including oil, natural gas, and coal.
The ban was revealed in a Department of Energy (DOE) memo issued internally to agency staff on September 15.
The memo, which was obtained by Fox News, was authored by Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk.
Turk outlined travel restrictions and stated that officials are required to obtain approval from the NSC before attending any global energy engagement.
“This guidance sets out a presumption that agencies and departments will pursue international energy engagement that advances clean energy projects,” Turk wrote in the memo.
“It also outlines a process for seeking limited exceptions to pursue carbon-intensive engagements on a justified geostrategic imperative or energy-for-development/energy access basis.”
“The guidance rules out any U.S. Government ‘engagement related to unabated or partially abated coal generation,’” he continued.
“Carbon-intensive international energy engagements are those ‘directly related and dedicated to the production, transportation, or consumption of carbon-intensive fuels that would lead to additional greenhouse gas emissions.'”
According to the memo, “carbon-intensive fossil fuels” include coal, oil, and natural gas.
In addition, the memo notes that the guidance became effective in November 2021 and applies to all international energy engagements.
Turk issued a separate memo in early April 2022, which first outlined how the DOE would implement the NSC guidance and stated that energy engagements that promote carbon-intensive fuels may only be exempt if they advance national security or are essential to support energy access in vulnerable areas.
Turk’s September memo updated that guidance, stating that for all future engagements, “Departments and Agencies are required to submit exemption justifications to the NSC and receive NSC concurrence before proceeding with a covered engagement.”
Since taking office, President Biden has pursued an aggressive green agenda to “fight climate change.”
Biden has been seeking to boost green energy technologies like solar and wind while curbing domestic reliance on fossil fuels like those listed by the administration as “carbon intensive.”
The power sector must also be “carbon-free” by 2035.
However, vehicles with internal combustion engines (gasoline-powered), make up more than 99% of all cars in the U.S. and about 99% of new car sales, according to J.D. Power.
Approximately 60% of electricity in the U.S. is generated from fossil fuels, mainly natural gas, while 17% is produced from wind or solar power.
“From the day I came to office, we’ve led with a bold climate agenda,” Biden remarked during a United Nations conference last month.
“We rejoined the Paris Agreement, convened major climate summits, and helped deliver critical agreements on COP26.
“And we helped get two-thirds of the [world’s] GDP on track to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”
Meanwhile, sales of electric vehicles have plummeted as the public loses interest in the experimental, and expensive, technology.
As part of his agenda, Biden and senior administration officials have been jetting to global energy conferences to boost green energy development.
And officials have largely been absent from global fossil fuel summits like the World Gas Conference.
Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry frequently attended such summits during the Trump administration.
The Biden administration also opted against inviting oil and gas industry representatives to the White House Methane Summit in July.
“Tackling a challenge of this scale requires not just will and words, but action,” the American Petroleum Institute (API) said in a statement on July 26.
“We are disappointed that the industries driving the most reductions in methane emissions, including the natural gas and oil industry, were not included.”
“API’s members are investing in advanced technology to detect and mitigate emissions, and thanks to industry action, average methane emissions intensity declined by nearly 66 percent across all seven major producing regions from 2011 to 2021.
“We continue to work with the administration to build on this progress.”