President Joe Biden’s administration is expected to cancel multiple oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) approved near the end of the Trump administration.
“The Trump administration auctioned off the right to drill in the refuge’s coastal plain — home to hundreds of thousands of migrating caribou and waterfowl as well as the southern Beaufort Sea’s remaining polar bears — just two weeks before President Biden was inaugurated,” according to The Washington Post on Tuesday.
The move follows several actions by Biden to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and fight climate change.
During his first week in office, Biden signed an executive order that ended the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, ending thousands of Americans jobs.
The Biden administration’s changes, however, have led to two major problems for America: gas price hikes (and shortages) and job losses.
Gas prices have continue to increase during Biden’s term, now the highest in the past seven years. The problem will likely increase as America produces less oil and becomes more dependent upon other nations for its supply.
Job losses have also become an issue under the Biden administrations. The Keystone XL Pipeline represented thousands of American jobs lost. In addition, ending the current Alaskan leases will hurt businesses, a move repeated each time additional oil projects are ended.
Biden may want to focus on the environment, but Americans don’t want to be forgotten in the process. Policies for the climate cannot forget the potential harm that can occur to the American people.