Bloomberg Law
March 23, 2022, 9:30 AM

Public Lands, Waters Become Flashpoint in Global Energy Debate

Kellie Lunney
Kellie Lunney

Most oil and gas drilling in the U.S. happens outside of the federal footprint. But both political parties are putting America’s public lands and waters in the crosshairs of one of the generation’s most significant energy and geopolitical crises.

Energy production on America’s vast public lands and waters hadn’t attracted such scrutiny on the world stage until the Ukraine invasion, according to lawmakers and former administration officials from both parties.

Now, the fossil fuel industry and many Republicans cite the war in Ukraine, rising energy prices, and a reliance on foreign oil as indicative of the Biden administration’s reluctance to ...

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