ENERGY BRIEFING: ‘Broken’ Oil Program Under Review, Haaland Says

April 5, 2021, 10:07 AM

The U.S. government program for selling drilling rights on federal land is so “fundamentally broken” that changes could be needed to address climate change and ensure taxpayers get a greater value from extracted oil and gas, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said Friday.

“The American taxpayers deserve to have a return on on their investment,” Haaland said, stressing that the public lands managed by Interior are a shared asset.

“They don’t just belong to one sector or one industry. They belong to the outdoor economy, they belong to the kids who take their first breath, on a hike out on a...

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