Climate and environmental campaigners on Tuesday expressed deep disappointment with the Biden administration after Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm assured a major fossil fuel lobby that a ban on crude oil exports is not under consideration.\r\n\r\n\u0022This is nothing more than feeding the beast in pursuit of profit, while Gulf Coastal communities of color continue to suffer the effects of pollution and social and environmental injustice.\u0022\r\n\r\nBloomberg reports Granholm told a virtual meeting of the National Petroleum Council that the administration is \u0022not a bogeyman.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022I do not want to fight with any of you,\u0022 Granholm told attendees. \u0022I do think it\u0026#039;s much more productive to work together on future-facing solutions.\u0022\r\n\r\nSpeaking to reports that the administration was considering a crude oil export ban, Granholm assured the Big Oil representatives that \u0022we wanted to put that rumor to rest.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022I heard you loud and clear,\u0022 she said, \u0022and so has the White House.\u0022\r\n\r\nClimate justice advocates called on President Joe Biden to choose between people and the planet or Big Oil profits.\r\n\r\nLove Sanchez, co-founder of Indigenous People of the Coastal Bend in Corpus Christi, Texas, and a Karankawa Kadla Indigenous person, said in a statement that \u0022based on what I have been reading and observing, our federal government does not have our backs.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022One minute Biden says he is going to tackle the climate crisis, the next he tries to illegally auction off our waters in the South,\u0022 she continued. \u0022The South is where predominantly Black and brown communities live. This is clearly environmental racism.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022I feel for my relatives in Louisiana. If you look at the sale, if it is finalized, these offshores will be built closer to Louisiana,\u0022 she said, referring to the Biden administration\u0026#039;s lease sale last month of 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico—the largest such sale in U.S. history. \u0022Our Corpus Christi Bay area will also be damaged.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022We will continue to stand with those trying to stop this offshore illegal auction,\u0022 Love added. \u0022It\u0026#039;s disrespectful to our Mother Earth. She is barely surviving, and the fossil fuel industry and corrupt politicians don\u0026#039;t stop. Since they aren\u0026#039;t stopping, neither are we. Expect us!\u0022\r\n\r\nJohn Beard, director of the Port Arthur Community Action Network and a Build Back Fossil Free steering committee member, said that \u0022the story of this administration is \u0026#039;promises made and promises unkept.\u0026#039; Despite claims to being the environmental president, Biden hasn\u0026#039;t made good on his word to the millions of Americans demanding climate action.\u0022\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022The Biden administration continues to bend to the will of Big Oil and is bamboozled by its false solutions and misrepresentation of facts,\u0022 he continued. \u0022Exports and more drilling do little to affect domestic prices nor do they reduce dependence on foreign crude. This is nothing more than feeding the beast in pursuit of profit, while Gulf Coastal communities of color continue to suffer the effects of pollution and social and environmental injustice.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022But justice is coming and it\u0026#039;s coming soon,\u0022 Beard vowed. \u0022Our movement will force this administration to make a choice: the people or fossil fuels.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBiden has acknowledged that human-caused climate change poses an \u0022existential threat.\u0022 Under the National Emergencies Act—enacted in the wake of the 1973 OPEC embargo—he also has the executive authority to limit or stop oil exports for up to a year, on a renewable basis.\r\n\r\nBetween 1975 and 2015, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act banned nearly all exports of U.S. crude oil. Congress ended the ban in December 2015; by 2019 the United States had become a net petroleum exporter.\r\n\r\nAccording to a report published earlier this month by Oil Change International, Earthworks, and the Center for International Environmental Law, oil and gas exports from the Gulf Coast have surged by nearly 600% since the ban was lifted. A 2020 report by Greenpeace USA and Oil Change International found that reinstating the crude oil export ban could cut global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 181 million tons annually.\r\n\r\nShortly after Biden took office, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), demanded that he declare a national climate emergency. Biden has refused to do so; instead, he broke a major campaign promise as his administration approved thousands of new fossil fuel drilling permits on public lands.