Inside the secret struggle to find ‘official rationale’ for Biden’s oil, gas leasing halt

By Ramsey Touchberry (Washington Times)

Senior lawyers at the Interior Department were caught off guard by President Biden‘s abrupt halt of new oil and natural gas lease sales shortly after taking office and wrestled to put an “official rationale” on the decision, emails obtained by The Washington Times show.

More than a month after the January 2021 executive order from Mr. Biden, career Interior Department officials relied on internet searches for news articles with media statements from agency representatives to respond to concerned governors of states affected by the decision.

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