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Biden Faces Backlash After Ending Oil and Gas Leases in Alaska

Biden Faces Backlash After Ending Oil and Gas Leases in Alaska

Oil and gas development and drilling help support jobs and the economy in these areas.

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:

“I can’t explain to the American people why we would willingly become more dependent on foreign oil imports, eliminate good paying American jobs and drive up the cost of our electric bills and gas prices across the country,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said. “This is yet another example of this administration caving to the radical left with no regard for clear direction from Congress or American energy security.”

“Let’s be clear — this is another attempt to use executive action to circumvent a law to accomplish what this administration does not have the votes to achieve in Congress,” he added. “Canceling valid leases, removing acreage from future sales, and attempting to reduce production in Alaska while taking steps to allow Iran and Venezuela to produce more oil — with fewer environmental regulations — makes no sense and is frankly embarrassing.”

The move could also harm Alaska’s Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola, who immediately released a statement slamming Biden’s actions:

“I am deeply frustrated by the reversal of these leases in ANWR,” Peltola said. “This administration showed that it is capable of listening to Alaskans with the approval of the Willow Project, and it is some of those same Inupiat North Slope communities who are the ones that are most impacted by this decision.

“I will continue to advocate for them and for Alaska’s ability to explore and develop our natural resources, from the critical minerals we need for our clean energy transition to the domestic oil and gas we need to get us there. We can only get to that transition by listening to the people on the ground. Finally, we can’t keep erasing our progress with every administration. I will continue to advocate for permitting reform that includes predictable timelines from the federal government, which must be a reliable partner in leasing and developing our resources,” she continued.

The leases covered 365,775 acres in non-wilderness areas.

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) estimates these areas hold “7.6 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.”

Oil and gas development and drilling help support jobs and the economy in these areas.


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The Dems make out double on campaign contributions when this administration does erratic stuff like this. The Greens donate so the admin will keep doing it, and the energy companies donate to *keep* the Dems from wrecking any more of their company.

I’m sure Stalin had his detractors as well but neither lost power over it.

“Biden Faces Backlash”?
Has the word gone out to strip his Teflon portraits from the newsroom walls?

Who needs oil when the world is on the threshold of a clean carbon neutral world powered by electricity? Who needs backups and contingencies when they know that they are both on the right side or history and sure success? In Vegas, this is putting all of the money on Pass on the crap table. They don’t see it as gambling because they have never had to face on consequences of losing.

“Non-wilderness”….actually outside of the “Railbelt” it is wilderness. ANWR is far removed from most of the propaganda parroted by the Left yet it is sacred “wilderness”. This is a two-fer….. kill oil and kill Alaska ….

    MattMusson in reply to alaskabob. | September 8, 2023 at 6:35 am

    In 2014 Team Obama asked world banks to switch funding from Oil & Gas to Green Energy. For 3 years there was a 44% drop in upstream oil development. Projects 7 to 10 years away were not funded. Fast forward 7 to 10 years – Global Fossil Fuel Shortage.

    Then, multiple governments decided to shield voters from price shocks by restricting natural gas usage by Industry. The Dutch, Germans, Brits, and the rest of Western Europe decided not to make Fertilizers. There is currently a massive Global Fossil Fuel Fertilizer Shortage.

    Starting this year we will see a Global Food Shortage. And, watch the Greens who created the shortage blame Climate Change.

If some green company comes along and proposes building windmills on the same property, it’ll be approved in a flash – as long as they remember 10% for the Big Guy.

The Biden Syndicate is just following China’s plan to destroy America.

But hey! At least no mean tweets!

These delusional egotists actually do believe that they can make the climate change, stop it from changing, or make the outcome of a changing climate to their liking,….what’s next, believing that they can make a woman out of a man?

To the GOP, “backlash” means write a letter begging for documents and then fund all of Biden’s policies.

    CommoChief in reply to Concise. | September 7, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    Given the coming increase in the price of gas and home heating oil as crude oil prices spike due to OPEC+ bringing less oil to market the voters will have ample time to make themselves heard. Whether they do so is another thing entirely. Not a whole lot a slim majority in the HoR can actually do without Senate cooperation. Either way it will be up to Trump’s two picks for leadership McConnell and McCarthy to figure out w strategy to accomplish the possible here.

      Concise in reply to CommoChief. | September 7, 2023 at 9:14 pm

      President Trump endorsed McConnell for Senate leadership in 2023? TDS does strange things to the mind I guess.

      inspectorudy in reply to CommoChief. | September 8, 2023 at 10:50 am

      “Either way it will be up to Trump’s two picks for leadership McConnell and McCarthy to figure out w strategy to accomplish the possible here.”

      If that is what we are looking forward to then we are f kd. Trump picked them both at one time or another and both are 100% losers.

Thee Dems need to have capitalism fail so people will be poor and dependent on government handouts. They will believe the Dems lies because capitalism will be a failure.

Ignore the order, call Biden’s bluff.

Do you really think defacto president Obama really cares about “backlash”?

The more damage done, the more the left wins. We’re not recovering from this as a free nation with a capitalistic economy. It’s over.

I keep advocating secession, and I continue to. It’s our only way to preserve what was America.

    You do keep saying this, and it’s not really fleshed out, is it? Individual people can’t secede from the Union, nor can various groups within those states. WHOLE states have to secede, you do get that, right? Secession of which states? What are you doing to make that happen in YOUR state? Or are you just dropping this all over our pages . . . for what reason? We know how this works, Fine. And you propose nothing realistic or actionable, so why even bother?

      Right now, obama is looting the nation:

      Biden Giving Illegals $2,200 Per Month Welfare, Only $1,400 to US Retirees

      By the time everyone comes up for air, there won’t be a country to secede TO.

      I wonder if you could put yourself as a fly on the wall in meetings at Harvard, where they talk about implementing Cloward-Piven, and some among them as what you are asking.

      Unless we start a conversation about how to get the hell out of the hell that America is morphing into right before our eyes, there’ll be blood in the street – ours. And it’ll be drawn by the likes of government goons like Antifa, BLM, the FBI, the IRS and the like – and worse: our “woke” military, whose mission will be to turn its guns on your and I, not any external ememy.

      The Legacy of Obama and Biden: Weaponizing Federal Agencies:

      And none so deaf as those who would not hear:
      A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship.

      Or did you forget this already? —
      “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

      Just what the heck did you think that traitor was talking about when he said the above?

      I’ve read enough accounts from people in pre-war Germany and Austria who drip by drip found themselves finally under the rule of the Nazis – and accounts of Jews in Germany and Austria laughing off Hitler’s threats in Mein Kampf (aka Dreams of My Father) to have my eyes opened to what’s happening right here, and right now. Just ask Donald Trump.

      Fuzzy, I’d hate to see you left behind when things fall apart and divisions are made.

      They can’t? So CHAZ and CHOP and all these damned autonomous zones that keep popping up aren’t happening?

      The fact, Fuzzy,, is that people CAN secede. If they have the will and the desire to.

      It’d be a fight–because I don’t expect that the left will namby-pamby about stomping down on the right wing people who might try this

      Which gets us to this.

      No one wants to be first.

      There’s a fight coming, everyone can see it–but everyone’s waiting for the catalyst. The moment that causes the ‘sides’ to coalesce.

Read this story and think about the insanity. Then realize that Trump is about even in the polls with Biden. Even. With Biden. Think about it.

    inspectorudy in reply to Stuytown. | September 8, 2023 at 10:57 am

    That is what terrifies me! Biden is by far the worst POTUS in history and yet our savior is tied with him! Is this not a wake-up call to Trump to go after the other groups of voters? He keeps equating rallies of his devoted fan base to reaching out to other groups, it’s not. They need to hear about the future and what he is going to do to correct our nation’s problems. They do not want to hear about the 2020 election which we all know was doubtful. His base will be there no matter what he does or says but he has to reach the other groups to win.

ANWR has over 19,000,000 acres. Did a quick math calculation, these leases cover 1.9% of that. A treasure, trove of natural minerals, on a tiny spot, and for some reason, Joe Biden doesn’t want us to have it. I wonder why.