Biden administration further restricts drilling in Alaska

 March 13, 2023

Fox Business reported this past Friday that motorists were recently met by an unwelcome change at the pump, with gas prices rising an average of ten cents over the week before.

While many would see that as a reason to increase drilling opportunities, the Biden administration announced it will be locking them down. 

"Climate resilience and environmental justice"

According to Fox News, the Department of Interior (DOI) will indefinitely block energy production on 16 million acres of federal land and water in Alaska.

"With these actions, President Biden continues to deliver on the most aggressive climate agenda in American history," Fox News quoted the DOI as saying in a statement on Sunday.

The DOI also praised Biden for having supposedly "made the United States a magnet for clean energy manufacturing and jobs."

The statement went on to boast that the president has "secured record investments in climate resilience and environmental justice."

New restrictions coming on oil drilling and pipeline construction

"And his economic agenda has put the United States back on track to reach its climate goals for 2030 and 2050, all while reducing America’s reliance on oil and protecting American families from the impact of Putin’s war on global energy markets," the DOI declared.

Fox News noted that although this latest announcement mostly concerns drilling in or near the Arctic Ocean, other areas of Alaska are being put off limits as well.

This includes Biden limiting future fossil future drilling around Teshekpuk Lake, the Utukok Uplands, the Colville River, Kasegaluk Lagoon, and Peard Bay.

What's more, additional restrictions are to be imposed on the construction of fossil fuel pipelines across Northern Alaska.

Fox News spoke with a former senior Bureau of Land Management official who complained that the president is "pandering solely for political purposes and not paying attention to the science."

Critics say Biden's policies "appeal to the woke left"

"It's a totally political decision, it's not based on science, it's not based on climate change, it's not based on biological resources," he insisted.

Critics have long taken aim at Biden's energy policies, such as his decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline immediately after taking office.

"These policies may appeal to the woke left but hurt Montana’s working families," Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines said in a statement to Fox News last month. "I’ll keep fighting back against Biden’s anti-energy agenda and supporting Montana energy projects and jobs."

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