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U.S. Auctions Oil and Gas Leases in Vast Section Gulf of Mexico, Despite Biden’s Climate Pledges

HeadlineMar 30, 2023

Here in the U.S., the Biden administration opened bidding Wednesday on oil and gas leases covering more than 73 million acres of the central and western Gulf of Mexico — an area roughly the size of Italy. Fossil fuel companies secured access to 1.6 million of those acres. Environmental groups blasted the Interior Department’s lease sale as “unconscionable” and another betrayal of President Biden’s campaign pledge to ban all new oil drilling on federal land.

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