Biden Faces Backlash After Ending Oil and Gas Leases in Alaska

Alaska Drilling

by Mary Chastain at

President Joe Biden canceled the remaining oil and gas leases in Alaska within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR):

The Department of Interior’s scrapping of the leases comes after the Biden administration disappointed environmental groups earlier this year by approving the Willow oil project in the petroleum reserve, a massive project by ConocoPhillips Alaska that could produce up to 180,000 barrels of oil a day on Alaska’s petroleum-rich North Slope. Protections are proposed for more than 20,000 square miles (51,800 square kilometers) of land in the reserve in the western Arctic.

Some critics who said the approval of Willow flew in the face of Biden’s pledges to address climate change lauded Wednesday’s announcement. But they said more could be done. Litigation over the approval of the Willow project is pending.

“Alaska is home to many of America’s most breathtaking natural wonders and culturally significant areas. As the climate crisis warms the Arctic more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, we have a responsibility to protect this treasured region for all ages,” Biden said in a statement.

“Climate change” is their religion.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said: “With climate change warming the Arctic more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, we must do everything within our control to meet the highest standards of care to protect this fragile ecosystem.”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is ticked because he knows Biden’s administration did this because it doesn’t have the votes in Congress to cancel the leases. Plus, it dampens our ability to stay energy independent:

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