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Biden suspends new oil and gas on US lands, waters

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The Biden administration has suspended new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for federal lands and waters for 60 days. Fulfilling his campaign promise to end leasing of federal lands for drilling, the suspension was signed on Wednesday by Acting Interior Sec. Scott de la Vega. Existing oil and gas operations, operating under currently valid leases, are not impacted.

Biden’s order also halted approvals of new mining proposals, and land sales or land exchanges. The order forbids the hiring of new Department of Interior personnel at or above the level of GS 13, considered a temporary measure so that DOI’s new leadership, Deb Haaland, can get her people in place.

[Read the order at this link]

Some companies had already taken preemptive action to protect their future viability, and had obtained nearly 1,400 permits on federal lands in primarily Wyoming and New Mexico from the Trump Administration during the period leading up to the election.

American Petroleum Institute President Mike Sommers said the order amounts to an “import more oil policy.”

“Energy demand will continue to rise—especially as the economy recovers—and we can choose to produce that energy here in the United States or rely on foreign countries hostile to American interests. With this move, the administration is leading us toward more reliance on foreign energy from countries with lower environmental standards and risks to hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in government revenue for education and conservation programs. We stand ready to engage with the Biden administration on ways to address America’s energy challenges, but impeding American energy will only serve to hurt local communities and hamper America’s economic recovery,” Sommers said.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • This is what you “allegedly” voted for America. Higher taxes, job loss, mass illegal immigration, a war on biological women, energy dependence, higher prices on everything…. very likely a economic depression like we had under Obama. Plus masks. Masks forever.

    All because the bad orange man was so mean and tacky while improving the lives of average Americans.

    Choke on it.

    • Great. Burn this country down Democrats. We will rise from the ashes.

    • Take off your mask and see the real world. Oil is in decline. If Alaska continues to pin its hopes on oil, it will continue to be in decline. There is a whole world out there looking for the future, and we can ignore it or welcome it.

      • Oil is not in decline. It’s more abundant than ever. Nearly everything in your house is oil based-including the technology you use to post online.

        The only reason oil is “in decline” is due to insipid regulations by the wet diaper left.

        You are correct in one regard. Alaska desperately needs to diversify its economy.

      • PEAK OIL! PEAK OIL!

  • Joe is another loser
    you should stop flying around in that new plane you just got
    Air Force 1
    Maybe your not thinking joe, what makes that plane fly
    Go back to your bunker

  • America is a lost cause

  • What insanity. What comes next? The Green Deal? Look for Lenin -Stalinist 5 year plans in the future. You know, complete dysfunction, an idealistic run economy. This will not end well.

  • Impeach biden for the murder of Alaska – and America.

  • Greg R, what is the cost effective replacement for oil and gas? Are you walking the walk and using these other methods or is it just talk?

  • Alaska’s oil and gas rules and regulations and the laws have been the reason the Fraser Institute ranks Alaska as the bottom as places investors go and look for oil and gas, it will take leadership to fix it fast before it is too late. The money from federal lands could go to the Alaska state lands if they fix the mess at the top!

  • It is time to fix Alaska’s oil and gas policies to attract oil and gas investors that leave Federal land thanks to Biden!

    • Most of Alaska’s legislature is totally aware of the following, but they don’t have the courage to be anything other than “wind-vane” politicians.
      The Deep Horizon disaster happened because safer places to drill were locked up. Eastern states fracking problem wouldn’t have happened if ANWR and NPRA had been opened up years ago.
      All because the sue and settle “environmentalists” whom are only about DONATIONS. They care only about donations. Pumping the save the environment issues du jour is their bread and butter.
      They know how to stroke you, so you part with your money.They have stroking down to a science. It’s the money they care about, not the environment.
      If they cared about the world’s environment, they would support mineral and energy extraction in regions which have the best safeguards. But no, they fight against safer places, and push it to the more dangerous places.
      The people who live in the more dangerous places don’t have money to donate, so the environmentalists won’t help them save their environment.
      So astoundingly evil!

  • Correct Masked Avenger

  • A comment to you Alaskans, from a former Alaskan, who immigrated to New Zealand: “ the USA is heading towards socialism. They want to retain Alaska as the last frontier, essentially saving the place by preventing the onset of anymore resource extraction, excepting fisheries!” You are NOT in control of your State. There aren’t enough of you to protest. The lower 48 has always had say, particularly environmentalists supported by Chinese!”

  • This is what voter fraud gets you. Pay no attention to the CCP behind the mask. Do not see the truth? It is as plain on the Pinoccio nose on Biden’s face.

  • Fred: Where, exactly, did you pick up this goofball post-modern zero sum analytical construct?

  • Oil and coal should remain where God put it: In the ground! Do not bring down Fire and Brimstone on Alaska!
    BTW The vote for Statehood was illegal. The United States as a founding and signatory member of the UN had to have allowed the resident people of the Alaska Territory (excluding military personnel) to vote for one of 3 options
    1. Remain a dependent Territory
    2. Become the 49th State
    3. Become an Independent Nation.
    Because the military personnel were illegally allowed to vote, and the legal Territory residents were not allowed to vote for Independence the vote for Statehood was Invalid. Choice 3 would have been the most likely choice. Ask the other Joe (Vogler).

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