Americans for Prosperity Foundation filed three Freedom of Information Act requests seeking information on the Biden Administration’s unlawful cancellation of oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The lease sales had already been lawfully awarded through a process that is required by federal law.
“The Biden administration’s unlawful decision to cancel all oil and gas leases will have a detrimental impact on Alaskan jobs and American energy security. This is just the latest deliberate attack on domestic energy production by the Biden administration. We can and should do better for Alaska and for our country,” said Bethany Marcum, Alaska state director for Americans of Prosperity Foundation.
A previous AFP Foundation investigation found the Biden Administration misled the public about its reason for canceling a separate lease sale in Alaska’s Cook Inlet.
Over the past few years, the Biden administration has throttled American energy production while at the same time draining the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve and begging OPEC to delay production cuts.
Meanwhile, oil prices are at a 10-month high, and Americans face rising prices on everything from gas to groceries to utility bills.
Read the FOIA requests at these links:
- FOIA to the Department of the Interior Office of the Secretary
- FOIA to the Bureau of Land Management
- FOIA to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
“Using the National Environmental Policy Act to cancel leases required by law is a clear abuse of executive power. If this decision stands, it effectively gives current and future Interior Secretaries veto power over any energy development on federal lands, regardless of congressional intent or federal law, said Americans for Prosperity Foundation Director of Investigations Kevin Schmidt. After misleading Americans about its cancellation of the lease sale in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, the Interior Department has no credibility on energy development in Alaska. AFP Foundation hopes these FOIAs will help shed light on the administration’s misguided decision.”