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Biden pauses oil and gas sales on public lands

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday a pause on new oil and gas leasing on US public lands and waters.

The president is outlining a number of plans at the White House to address the climate crisis and swiftly reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment.

The new order directs the Secretary of the Interior to pause into entering into new fossil fuel leases on public lands or offshore to the extent possible.

The Biden administration will also launch a “rigorous” review of all existing leasing and permitting practices related to fossil fuel development, and identify steps that can be taken to double renewable energy production from offshore wind by 2030. 

The order does not restrict energy activities on lands that the US holds in trust for Tribes.

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