The Biden administration’s offshore drilling plan limits federal lease sales to the lowest level since World War II, with only three auctions in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years.
This decision, influenced by the administration’s commitment to environmental groups and its focus on renewable energy, has drawn heavy criticism for potentially undermining America’s energy security.
Senator Murkowski highlighted the inevitable impact on energy prices and emissions, while Senator Manchin expressed concern about limiting energy production as adversaries weaponize energy. (Trending: Meet The Ultra Rich Megadonors Behind Democrats)
“The Biden administration’s long-delayed five-year plan for offshore oil and gas has no lease sales in Alaska waters – even though they acknowledge that will result in higher energy prices and higher emissions,” Murkowski said.
“To be clear – three lease sales is more than the zero we would have gotten had it not been for the IRA. But it makes no sense at all to actively be limiting our energy production while our adversaries are weaponizing energy around the world. This is a failure of leadership, and I will continue to do everything in my power to hold this Administration accountable,” Manchin stated.
Additionally, the plan’s potential impact on the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s funding and conservation projects raises concerns regarding environmental organizations’ opposition to the fund’s source.
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