Biden appears to contradict COP26 agreement with oil, gas exploration deal

President Joe Biden and members of his administration have publicly expressed hostility toward domestic energy production derived from fossil fuels.

Reports this week, however, indicate that rising consumer costs have pushed the president to make some contradictory moves behind the scenes.

“Lead by example”

According to the Daily Caller, the Biden administration recently auctioned off over 80 million acres of offshore land in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas excavation, which is one of the largest such transactions in history.

Just days earlier, the president took part in an international climate change summit where he seemed to rule out new oil and gas leases on public land.

As the Boston Globe reported, the offshore land in question is estimated to produce as much as 1.1 billion barrels of oil ad 4.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Although the deal is likely to eventually lead to lower energy prices, climate change activists have been critical of the move.

According to the Guardian, many on the left see the sales as hypocritical — particularly as it came on the heels of the United Nations COP26 climate change summit during which he pledged “lead by example” and eliminate all fossil fuel subsidies.

A contradictory agenda

Despite the president’s public rhetoric regarding fossil fuel production, his administration has reportedly been selling off gas and oil leases at a higher rate than former President Donald Trump.

In addition to the COP 26 agreement, the Gulf of Mexico lease sales also appeared to directly contradict a campaign pledge to completely ban all oil and gas drilling and exploration leases on public lands and waters.

Furthermore, it appears to fly in the face of an executive order he issued shortly after his inauguration that placed a temporary pause on such leases until a review of the process could be completed.

Considering the chasm between Biden’s words and his actions regarding fossil fuel, the latest reports have caused critics across the ideological spectrum to remain skeptical and wary of his agenda.

On its face, however, even some of Biden’s conservative critics hold out hope that his apparent efforts to increase domestic energy production are genuine.

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