Despite a federal judge’s rebuking Biden’s attempts to block sales of oil and gas lease sales to drill on federal lands, Biden instead slow walks doing so. Consequently, the fossil fuel industry has, rightly, had enough.
The Western Energy Alliance and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW) argued in the lawsuit that the Department of the Interior (DOI) was in violation of the Mineral Leasing Act which requires quarterly onshore oil and gas lease sales. The groups also criticized the administration for signaling in November that it won’t hold any onshore sales until mid-2023.
“The Mineral Leasing Act is clear: the Interior Secretary must hold at least quarterly lease sales in every state where there is interest, as reflected by nominations,” Kathleen Sgamma, the president of the Western Energy Alliance, said in a statement.
“Oil and natural gas companies have nominated millions of acres in Wyoming and across the West that have yet to be offered for sale. Not only has this administration held only one set of lease sales in its first two years, but has now signaled that there will be no sales until second quarter 2023, a full year later,” she continued. “Once a year does not equal ‘quarterly.’”
The Interior Department still continues to play games and has announced their lease sales for Wyoming and New Mexico to take place next year. However their obstruction and even lawsuits on the part of environmentalist groups have halted projects in other states, like California and Nevada.
Biden ships oil produced in the United States overseas, then courts countries, like Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, in hopes they will bail out his so-called transition to green energy. In the meantime, consumers pay even more for gas and other necessities due to higher oil prices that were intentionally ratcheted up after Biden began occupying the White House two years ago with, even to this day, the specter of blackouts not far behind.
But the Biden administration would rather you buy an electric car claiming you would somehow save gas, when there’s a high likelihood you could get killed off.