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Biden resumes oil and gas leases on federal land

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The Biden administration announced Friday that it would resume lease sales for oil and gas drilling on federal land, though it plans to reduce the amount of land available significantly and will increase the royalty it charges companies for the oil and gas produced on the land.

The Interior Department said in a news release that it will make available 144,000 acres, an 80% reduction from the acreage originally nominated. It will also begin charging companies royalties of 18.75%, up from 12.5%.\

The move brings the administration into compliance with a court order but comes as President Joe Biden has sought to encourage domestic production of oil and gas to tame soaring energy prices, especially gas prices above $4 a gallon, that have cut into support for his party before the midterm elections.

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland called the new plans a “reset” of the leasing program that was overdue.

“For too long, the federal oil and gas leasing programs have prioritized the wants of extractive industries above local communities, the natural environment, the impact on our air and water, the needs of Tribal Nations, and, moreover, other uses of our shared public lands,” she said.

Biden ordered a pause on new federal oil and gas leasing during his first week in office, along with a review of the program and a “reconsideration of Federal oil and gas permitting and leasing practices.”

While the pause was eventually enjoined by a federal court, the administration did not move forward with any onshore lease sales in 2021. The single offshore lease sale, which was thrown out by a federal judge in January of this year, was held in November 2021.

The Interior Department released a report that same month in conjunction with Biden’s January executive order, establishing that royalty rates paid by lessees are too low and that the “fiscal components of the onshore Federal oil and gas program are particularly outdated.”

The Interior Department also recommended that the Bureau of Land Management, the subagency overseeing the program, should avoid leasing “low potential lands.”

Liberal lawmakers and environmentalists, many of whom have demanded an end to the leasing program, criticized the report at the time as having no teeth.

Green groups were similarly incensed by Friday’s announcement that the BLM is moving forward with new lease sales.

“It is unconscionable that the BLM will go forward with these oil and gas lease sales as we continue to see the devastating effects of climate change, particularly in the Southwestern United States,” said Deborah McNamara, campaigns director at 350 Colorado.

The Western Energy Alliance, which represents producers operating on federal lands, welcomed the Interior Department’s decision to resume sales “after violating the law for 15 months” but criticized the amended royalty rates and reduced acreage.

Biden promised during his presidential campaign to end leasing of federal lands and waters for fossil fuel development under programs authorized by Congress to address climate change but has faced obstacles from courts as well as criticism from Republican lawmakers and energy companies for inhibiting new production.

He now faces additional headwinds in the form of high energy prices, which, along with broader inflation, have soured the voters on his handling of the economy and have led the administration to take a range of measures meant to convince the public it is working to lower prices — including encouraging oil and gas producers to increase output.

At the same time, the administration has criticized companies holding leases that have not yet been developed and argued the industry doesn’t need more land.

The oil and gas industry, meanwhile, has argued that development takes time and that it needs longer-term assurances, in the form of new lease sales, that development will be encouraged.

The Interior Department’s announcement Friday said the BLM will issue final environmental assessments and sale notices for lease sales Monday.\

 WASHINGTON EXAMINER



30 Comments on "Biden resumes oil and gas leases on federal land"

  1. Theedrich on Tue, 19th Apr 2022 5:38 pm 

    Ignorant fools dominate the U.S. electorate. Devoid of all historical, logical, political and even geographic and interested only in where to get their next head trip, the vast majority is unable to use correct grammar, to say nothing of their susceptibility to rank propaganda, they are easy prey for the criminal elites who manipulate them and will destroy the rest of the world.

    The fecal puppeteers ruling the social media and destroying free speech to “protect” the masses from truth take their directions from the governmental mafia.  Ditto the mainstream media (MSM), whose talking heads are similarly untrained in what used to be the national language, now becoming a pidgin of gibberish.  Both political parties are laser-focussed on how much they can acquire in bribes and power.  Those bribes come not only from domestic, but also foreign sources, with the demented “Big Guy” receiving the specified 10% for keeping the U.S. throne warm and obediently following commands.

    As the military-industrial complex inches ever closer to World War Three against Russia, the fatuous lemmings are swept along in enthusiasm to plunge headlong into the abyss.  They are told to pay no attention to the strategically planned tidal wave of colored vermin now overwhelming the country from outhouselands.  So what is the result?

    For that, see and listen to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=southern+raised+ghost+riders+in+the+sky
    Ghost Riders in the Sky
    Their faces gaunt
    Their eyes were blurred
    Their shirts all soaked with sweat
    He’s riding hard to catch that herd
    But he ain’t caught ’em yet
    ‘Cause they’ve got to ride forever
    On that range up in the sky
    On horses snorting fire
    As they ride on, hear their cry
    As the riders loped on by him
    He heard one call his name
    ‘If you wanna save your soul
    From hell a-riding on our range
    Then, cowboy, change your ways today
    Or with us you will ride
    Trying to catch the devil’s herd
    Across these endless skies.

  2. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 20th Apr 2022 4:03 pm 

    US Officials Admit They’re Literally Just Lying To The Public About Russia

    “So they lied. They may hold that they lied for a noble reason, but they lied. They knowingly circulated information they had no reason to believe was true, and that lie was amplified by all the most influential media outlets in the western world.

    Another example of the Biden administration releasing a false narrative as part of its “information war”:”

    https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2022/04/07/us-officials-admit-theyre-literally-just-lying-to-the-public-about-russia/

  3. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 20th Apr 2022 4:12 pm 

    “despite the protestations of the US Bidon administration – the downturn in economic activity in the latest (February) growth figures – 0.1 percent, down from 0.8 percent in January – has nothing to do with Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Rather, the decline in economic activity is the result, primarily, of a massive global shortfall in energy, with fossil fuel extraction impaired by the lack of investment during the lockdowns, and with oil down some four million barrels a day from its November 2018 peak.”

    https://consciousnessofsheep.co.uk/2022/04/20/this-time-really-is-different/

    “…shortfall in energy..” IOW Overshoot consequences.

    It’s not Putin/Russia and it’s not a ‘plandemic’ it’s the limits to growth. The limits to growth has arrived.

  4. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 20th Apr 2022 4:34 pm 


    Don’t Look Down

    As permafrost thaws, the ground beneath Alaska is collapsing.

    “..temperatures in Fairbanks have shifted so much that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officially changed the city’s subarctic designation in 2021, downgrading it to “warm summer continental.”

    “Rising temperatures have caused structural problems for the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, seen here in aerial view. The pipeline has experienced “slope creep” as a result of thawing permafrost.”

    https://grist.org/science/alaska-permafrost-thawing-ice-climate-change/

  5. Biden’s hairplug on Wed, 20th Apr 2022 5:31 pm 

    “Macron flirted with the far-right. And France lost“

    https://edition.cnn.com/2022/04/20/opinions/france-election-macron-le-pen-far-right-alouane/index.html

    I watched the debate Macron-le Pen on French television tonight. They both made no mistakes, Macron will probably win ca. 55-45, which is fine.

    But in 2027 the “extreme” right is guaranteed to win in France, probably Marion Marechal. But in 2027 wr’ll be living in a completely different world anyway..

  6. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 20th Apr 2022 6:30 pm 

    “But in 2027 wr’ll be living in a completely different world anyway..”

    Completely different how?

    Are you gonna walk backwards?

    Shove food up your ass and puke it out?

    You’ll stay off the internet for 3 days in a row (a first in 25 years)?

    For a society to change radically requires a revolution, but more times than not it makes no difference to Joe six pack which set of assholes runs things. Only recently do the plebs believe their little vote means something. It means you’ve been duped.

    I’ll wager in the not to distant future, the gang that keeps the water flowing & food growing will be in charge.

    Remember, the current elites are only capable of operating in the system they’ve grown up in.

    When the ever growing overshoot consequences, including incompetent elites, finish trashing industrial civilization, the man who can bring back the flush toilet will be loved by all women & half the men.

    Political collapse is but one aspect of collapse and last time I checked you cannot feed your family with it.

    clog you are not a real collapse analyst because you have an extremely limited view.
    Politics only is like viewing the world through the wrong end of a telescope, even if you are accurate on the politics.

    There are no politicians or buracrates who are capable of leading in the soon to be “different world’.

    Aerial imagery reveals the grim reality of ongoing drought in Utah

    https://ksltv.com/490276/aerial-images-reveal-the-grim-reality-of-ongoing-drought-in-utah/

    Ranchers Now Faced With Difficult Decisions As Drought and Wildfires Wage War on the Plains

    https://www.drovers.com/news/beef-production/ranchers-now-faced-difficult-decisions-drought-and-wildfires-wage-war-plains

    Why this windy and dry April is setting records in Southern Colorado

    https://www.fox21news.com/news/why-this-windy-and-dry-april-is-setting-records-in-southern-colorado/

    Not 1 of the politicians in these regions can look you in the eye and tell you he/she is working to make sure there will be water for when your kids grow up. There won’t be.

    Like a cancer the people in these regions will consume and infect the landscape until it is lifeless and if they are able they will migrate to wherever there are resources and repeat the process.

  7. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 20th Apr 2022 6:34 pm 

    Massive wildfires raging in Russia are ‘already double last year’

    One huge blaze in the Tyumen region of Western Siberia captured on video

    Video, published by The Siberian Times, showed a huge blaze in the Tyumen region of Western Siberia. The footage shows fire crews outlined against a smoke-filled orange sky, trying to tackle the blaze. In another clip, a family of elk can be seen in the distance fleeing the flames.

    The news outlet reports that Greenpeace Russia said the current wildfire area in the country was already double that of April 2021.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/russia-siberia-wildfires-smoke-omsk-b2061003.html

  8. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 20th Apr 2022 6:36 pm 

    Thousands evacuate as Arizona’s Tunnel Fire explodes to 6,000 acres and races towards homes on the outskirts of Flagstaff: High winds whip the blaze into 100-foot ‘wall of fire’

    High winds are propelling the flames and forced tanker planes to abort their attempts to battle the blaze

    Officials say they aren’t certain whether everyone in the evacuation zone made it out alive.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10734061/Thousands-evacuate-Arizonas-Tunnel-Fire-explodes-6-000-acres.html

  9. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 20th Apr 2022 6:40 pm 

    Glacier retreat in the Andes is bankrupting a billion-dollar corporation

    “Alto Maipo, a Chilean subsidiary of the American Fortune 500 Company AES Corporation, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy [claiming] that decreasing electricity prices in Chile and the effects of climate change on its water supply make its current financial structure unsustainable.”

    https://phys.org/news/2022-04-glacier-retreat-andes-bankrupting-billion-dollar.html

    Oh well. The shareholders need to think of it as the invisible hand punching them in the face….repeatedly.

  10. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 20th Apr 2022 6:46 pm 

    clog, here’s some of that hi tech that’s gonna save us all.

    World’s biggest carbon removal machine ‘freezes over’ in Iceland

    Enormous device to halt global warming brought to heel by unusually cold weather

    “Though it is the world’s largest such machine, the device is still operating on a small scale. Even when it hits full capacity, sucking up 4,000 tonnes of CO2 a year will deal with a tiny fraction of global emissions, which totalled 31.5 billion tonnes in 2020.”

    https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/iceland-carbon-removal-orca-freeze-b2060663.html

    4,000 tonnes vs 31.5 Billion tonnes.

    We’re saved!

  11. Biden’s hairplug on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 1:39 am 

    I don’t believe in suckers, neither those from Iceland, nor those from Canada.

  12. Biden’s hairplug on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 1:42 am 

    “Completely different how?“

    WW3
    Civil wars in North-America and western Europe
    UK falling apart
    Chinese invading Taiwan and Australia
    North-Korea invading the south
    Pogrom North-America

    Hope this helps.

  13. Biden’s hairplug on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 1:56 am 

    Macron yesterday: “forbidding the head scarf will trigger civil war in France”:

    https://twitter.com/FDW_VB/status/1517020435778519040

    What he basically says is that civil war in France is going to happen anyway.

    Are you prepared, because you should be.

  14. Biden’s hairplug on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 2:03 am 

    Russians destroyed one month worth of NATO supplies to Ukraine in Lvov with a missile strike.lol:

    https://thesaker.is/sitrep-operation-z-12/

  15. Biden's hairplug on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 4:50 am 

    Nobody loves Trudeau. Canada will end in tears and balkanize and become an appendix of Paris-Berlin-Moscow and Beijing:

    https://twitter.com/Kees71234/status/1516799534344687618?s=20&t=mK82ceY59-DbIgiRC0kqYQ

    “Diversity”, like Bolshevism or Christianity, just another stupid jewish idea.

  16. Hello on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 5:40 am 

    How is Vlad doing nowadays? Why is the US able to deliver tons and tons of material to the U? Shouldn’t Vlad have control of the skies and airports by now? What about Kiev?

    Is this going to be another quagmire? Idiots everywhere.

  17. Biden's hairplug on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 7:07 am 

    “Why is the US able to deliver tons and tons of material to the U?”

    Is he?

    Russians destroyed one month worth of NATO supplies to Ukraine in Lvov with a missile strike.lol:

    https://thesaker.is/sitrep-operation-z-12/

    In Mariupol, kids are going back to school today:

    https://twitter.com/Kees71234/status/1516863168483667977

    Russian-friendly lessons only, no diversity. Bye-bye Nazi shithole Ukraine. The rest of the Eastern half of the Ukraine will probably follow soon. Blessed country, just like mine in the fifties. The EU can have the Nahtzis.

    https://twitter.com/Kees71234/status/1516524531351007240

    During the first seconds of this video in a Berdyansk bank building, you can clearly see a swastika hanging on the wall.

  18. Hello on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 7:22 am 

    >> Bye-bye Nazi shithole Ukraine

    weird. I thought you are a nazi fan, with all your jew bashing? And now all-of-sudden nazi is bad?

  19. Biden's hairplug on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 7:55 am 

    “weird. I thought you are a nazi fan, with all your jew bashing? And now all-of-sudden nazi is bad?”

    Nazis who operate on behalf of Jews, like these dumb Ukrainians, are dumb Nazis (and btw, I am not a Nazi nationalist, nor a jewish-admiring globalist, but something in between, that is a Gaullist in the mold of de Gaulle and Samuel Huntington. I believe in civilizations, not nations, let alone “humanity”)

    But you never understood what is going on in the West, and hence you describe the West as “stupid” (where in reality you mostly describe yourself and the rest of the tattooed Media-watchers).

    Now here is a hero, who probably was killed last week by Ukrainian Nazis, who spelled it all out for people like you:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzR—YDDIQ

    Ukraine is run by Nazis, who let their tribal hatred for Russians be exploited by the Jewish overclass in Ukraine, run by Victoria Nuland, Zelenski, Poroshenko, Klitschko, Kolomoiski and the rest of the tribe.

    Hello, may I ask you the size of your IQ? Have you ever read a book (I don’t mean comics)?

    Hast du es vorbei der Realschule gebracht?

    If you really want to understand why the stinking West is destroyed, read this:

    https://www.pdfdrive.com/the-culture-of-critique-an-evolutionary-analysis-of-jewish-involvement-in-twentieth-century-intellectual-and-political-movements-e158797822.html

    If your IQ is below 120 (which is what I suspect), don’t read it, you won’t get past page 2.

  20. Biden's hairplug on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 8:06 am 

    https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1259875.shtml

    ‘Don’t cool too soon’

    The Chinese have the US figured out.

  21. Hello on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 9:17 am 

    >> are dumb Nazis

    Complicated. Dumb nazis, smart nazies, real jews, fake jews, progressive jews, conservative jews. That’s the problem with conspiracy. Get’s complicated quickly. Is there a super jew? One that ties is all together? What about peon jews. How are they instructed on what to do? What about drug addict jews? Can they be trusted to fend for the jewish cause? What about nigger jews? If jews are destroying the west with multiculturalism why do they import nigger jews into israel? The super jew must really be out of this world keeping track of all this. Thinking that any 3rd world dictator has his hands full keeping his shithole together, the super jew operates without border all across the globe keeping it together. Kudos, one smart jew, that’s for sure.

  22. Biden's hairplug on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 10:08 am 

    Ukraine and WW2, the parallels:

    https://parisberlinmoscow.wordpress.com/2022/04/21/ukraine-for-dummies/

    “Ukraine for Dummies”

  23. Biden's hairplug on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 1:07 pm 

    “Complicated. Dumb nazis, smart nazies, real jews, fake jews, progressive jews, conservative jews.”

    It is complicated, because these people don’t play out in the open and love deception. Dutch (pre-war) saying: “if you shake hands with a Jood, count your fingers afterwards”.

    “That’s the problem with conspiracy. Get’s complicated quickly.”

    There is no conspiracy, there is just religion that explains it all. It is all contained in the Talmud. The Talmud IS the conspiracy.

    “Is there a super jew? One that ties is all together?”

    Jews act as a collective, it is the communist race par excellence.

    “What about drug addict jews? Can they be trusted to fend for the jewish cause?”

    You mean Zelensky? Sure he can be trusted upon to act like a Jew:

    https://twitter.com/Angelo4justice3/status/1515753929996337159

    “What about nigger jews? If jews are destroying the west with multiculturalism why do they import nigger jews into israel?”

    They are an embarrassment for Jews. Israel does NOT actively import them, they come, but only in the hundreds and they are not really welcome:

    https://nypost.com/2020/12/03/hundreds-of-ethiopian-jews-receive-warm-welcome-in-israel/

    Note that Israel will never allow non-jewish refugees into Israel. Those are for the West.

    “The super jew must really be out of this world keeping track of all this.”

    What do you mean “all this”? Jews have a few specializations: money, dialectics, from which follows media, law, academics, anything with text (Google, Facebook), BS-narratives like invented WW2-tales. They have the highest verbal IQ (“people of the book”) and see themselves as the natural elite that someday will inherit the earth. For that to happen the old master (Europeans) have to be destroyed. How? Through mass immigration, encouraged by their media. Just breed whites out of existence.

    “Thinking that any 3rd world dictator has his hands full keeping his shithole together, the super jew operates without border all across the globe keeping it together. Kudos, one smart jew, that’s for sure.”

    Yep, but only stupid people admire their own assassin. You? It makes more sense to organize the defense.

    The good news: The International Jew only has control over Anglos, and via them over Euros, thanks to WW2. Russians escaped, thanks to Stalin and Putin. And Dolfie at least got rid of most of those who lived in Europe. Jews never had a grip onto Chinese or Muslims, nor will they.

    The topic of WW3 will be the demolition of Anglosphere. That’s our way out. It’s not rocket science. The Chinese army is unintentionally the white liberation army. For that, they greatly deserve Australia.

  24. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 1:17 pm 

    clog your jew hate book requires a min 120 IQ? Gimme a fucking break high & mighty.

    You know what that claim sounds like? The excuse making of a failed writer and his 1-3 sycophant faggy fan boys came up with for a book that is poorly written, boring as fuck & a commercial failure.

    It’s such a pile of garbage he can’t even give it away.

    Good for emergency ass wipe and fire starting.

    BTW IQ is bunk pseudoscience…like economics 3/4 of psychiatric & half of psychology.

    File under: How The West Was Dumb.

  25. Biden’s hairplug on Thu, 21st Apr 2022 4:32 pm 

    “The excuse making of a failed writer“

    Define “failed writer”.

    MacDonald dealt your ghastly tribe an enormous blow, comparable to Mein Kampf. You have a serious problem, not in the least because the book can be multiplied infinately as email attachment.

  26. Dredd on Fri, 22nd Apr 2022 9:47 am 

    Is he atom-less (Quantum Biology – 7)?

  27. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 22nd Apr 2022 12:41 pm 

    “failed writer”.

    One who writes a book only 8.5% of the population (IQ 120 & up) is capable of understanding.

    If you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it.” –Richard Feynman

  28. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 22nd Apr 2022 12:45 pm 

    “One who writes a book only 8.5% of the population (IQ 120 & up) is capable of understanding.”

    That’s an extremely proletarian remark.

    According to your failed logic, Einstein should not have written his relativity theory, because only 1% can understand that.

    Why don’t you go back to your comic books.

  29. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 22nd Apr 2022 1:07 pm 

    clog, you should have thought longer than 4 minutes instead of making that knee jerk nonsensical remark.

    Clearly you were triggered bigly.

    4 whole minutes. WoW! Junkie.

    Another feint for the alt energy hopium crowd.

    The latest electric tractor, the John Deere Sesam 2 / Gridcon 2

    It is estimated to cost over $600,000

    Most telling of all are the farmers comments:

    1, I hope we can produce enough natural gas to generate the electricity to charge that thing!

    9, Wow that thing moves as fast as a snail.

    https://energyskeptic.com/2022/the-latest-electric-tractor-the-john-deere-sesam-2-gridcon-2/

  30. Dredd on Sat, 23rd Apr 2022 7:39 am 

    Danger! (The Ways of Bernays – 3)

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