Biden halts oil and gas leasing on federal land

President Biden took a step Wednesday toward fulfilling a major campaign promise by imposing a pause on new oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters.

The move sets up a major conflict with the oil and gas industry that has been wounded from the coronavirus pandemic but was expecting demand for fuels to rebound. But Biden is pleasing climate change activists who pressured him to begin aggressively moving the country off fossil fuels.

Biden’s action goes further than an order issued by the Interior Department last week to stop giving new leases for fossil fuel production on federal lands or waters for at least 60 days
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