Currently in Denver — June 24th, 2022

80s and PM thunderstorms for Friday, June 24th

The weather, currently.

We end this week with a bang…of thunder that is. We have more chances of afternoon and evening thunderstorms for Friday and the weekend. Keep that in mind, especially if you are going to any outdoor watch parties for game 5 of the Stanley Cup. Go Avs!!

Alright, here is your Friday and weekend forecast:

  1. Friday: Highs in the upper 80s and chance of p.m. thunderstorms.
  2. Saturday: Cooler thanks to a cold front coming through. Highs in the 70s and p.m. thunderstorms.
  3. Sunday: Highs in the 70s and p.m. thunderstorms. Enjoy the weekend!

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

The Biden Administration is currently weighing the relative risks of banning new offshore oil and gas leases, according to the New York Times. The Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Act (OCSLA) is renewed every five years and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland expects to have a draft ready by the end of June.

The argument for expanding oil and gas leases at the moment is fairly nonsensical. Inflation is high, gas prices are exorbitant, and Democrats are worried that a ban will hurt them in the polls, but issuing new licenses will do essentially nothing to alleviate the burden on consumers. It takes years to drill, man, and bring an oil rig online — by the time these new leases bear fruit, the United States should be well on its way to transitioning to clean energy sources.

The IPCC has repeatedly warned that countries need to move away from fossil fuels in order to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate change. The oil and gas industry currently has 11 million acres leased offshore, most of which are not in use.

Gas prices are high because oil and gas executives are keeping them high out of greed, not because of a scarcity of oil rigs. Should the government issue these new leases in a deranged gesture towards bipartisanship, it will be nearly impossible for us to keep warming under 1.5°C.