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Biden cancels massive oil and gas lease sale, draws outrage from the energy sector

The Department of Interior has nixed three high-profile oil and natural gas lease sales in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, infuriating the energy sector and lawmakers who accuse President Biden of paying lip service to Americans upset about sky-high prices at the pump.

Despite calls for the administration to promote more domestic energy production, Interior cited a lack of interest and delays from court rulings as the reason to call off the lease sales for drilling in federal waters.

“President Biden is continuing his war on American energy by canceling these leases and making it harder for us to produce energy at home,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington Republican and ranking member of the House Energy Committee.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana Republican, accused the administration of “actively making high gas prices worse.”

“When we need to unleash American energy production, the Biden administration kills opportunities at

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