Energy security is something Americans enjoyed for four years under former President Donald Trump, but it’s the last thing on President Joe Biden’s mind.
That’s why it’s not surprising why even some Democrats, including Sen. Joe Manchin (WV), are ticked off over the Biden administration’s seeming insistence of putting radical climate change ideology and fantasy before the needs of the American people, the Washington Examiner reported.
Manchin ripped the Biden administration “for turning down a recommendation for an offshore oil and gas lease sale that Interior Department staff concluded would improve energy security,” the Examiner noted.
The oil and gas lease would have had a profoundly positive impact in Alaska.
“I am appalled”
“I am appalled by its contents, which make crystal clear that this administration is literally putting their radical climate agenda ahead of the needs of the people of Alaska and the United States,” Manchin said.
He was speaking of a memo from the department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s decision to possibly charge lower royalties for the gas and oil lease in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, as it would have been a huge step in pumping up American drilling again.
However, the department ultimately put the the kibosh on the idea, citing, predictably, “climate change” concerns.
Manchin is the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
The Examiner noted:
Manchin was the central player responsible for securing the resurrection of the Cook Inlet sale, known as Lease Sale 258, via the spending deal after the lease sale was canceled, using leverage to facilitate more oil and gas leasing alongside the law’s spending for renewable and other green energy technologies.
“A lower royalty of 16 2/3 would also be expected to incentivize additional blocks receiving bids, increase bonus bids, and increase the chances of a discovery being developed,” the memo said.
“If a Cook Inlet prospect would be developed, there would be additional government revenues and greater energy security for the State of Alaska, especially if development of natural gas resources in the Cook Inlet ameliorated the long-term supply challenges facing the Anchorage area.”
In other words, it would have been nothing short of an absolute boon for Alaskans, and Americans in general.
However, the department played ball with the radical climate activists of the Biden administration, ultimately trashing what would have possibly been the first good call from Biden’s White House since he took office.
“Nevertheless, because of the serious challenges facing the Nation from climate change and the impact of GHGs from fossil fuels, BOEM is not recommending this option since it would not include an appropriate surcharge to account for those impacts,” the memo unfortunately continued.