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Pause on leasing public land for oil and gas extraction draws mixed reaction

The Biden administration ordered a 60-day pause on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters after environmental activists sent a letter urging the administration to issue a permanent ban rather than a temporary one. The decision has drawn praise and criticism from both sides, but is just the beginning of potential federal action. The administration has promised to protect 30% of public lands and waters by 2030.... Read more»

Biden to pause new oil and gas leases on public lands in sweeping climate order

President Joe Biden is set to sign a host of executive orders on climate that will put a hold on new oil and gas leases on federal property, place environmental justice in the center of climate reform and set goals of conserving nearly a third of the nation’s land and water.... Read more»