The Trump administration on Monday finalized a plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, putting it on track to issue decades-long leases in the pristine wilderness area before a potential change in U.S. leadership.
The Interior Department could hold a sale of oil and gas leases in ANWR by the end of the year, Secretary David Bernhardt said on a conference call with reporters.
A Republican-passed tax bill in 2017 opened the area to oil and gas leasing, a key pillar of U.S. President Donald Trump’s agenda to expand fossil fuel production. However, lease sales in the state have been weak for most of the last decade, and statewide production has dropped steadily for the past 30 years.
If found, oil production could begin in ANWR in about eight years, Bernhardt said, with activity lasting about 50 years.
The 19 million acre (7.7 million hectares) refuge is home to wildlife populations including Porcupine caribou and polar bears and has been off-limits to drilling for decades. In recent months, several big U.S. banks have said recently they will not finance oil and gas projects in the Arctic region.
ANWR has been tested only once for the potential to extract fossil fuels. Bernhardt said companies would bid on leases despite a lack of seismic testing that is a precursor to drilling. A year-end sale could thwart subsequent efforts by a potential Democratic administration in 2021 to stop drilling in ANWR.
Polls show the incumbent Republican Trump trailing challenger Biden, a Democrat. In a statement, Biden campaign spokesman Matt Hill said that if elected, the former vice president would permanently protect ANWR.
Environmental group Earthjustice quickly promised to launch a legal challenge.
The tRump administration and the oil companies are desperate to get this done before the election. They see that tRump is in trouble and may lose and they need to lock these leases in before a Democratic president can stop the sale and protect the pristine area. Also the oil production from areas that are open for drilling has fallen and so has the revenue given out by the state. So the Republicans hope this will signal to the cult that more drilling will give them a bigger yearly state check, even though drilling won’t happen right away. More smoke and mirrors from the tRump administration. Hugs
I often tell people I love learning, and two of the things I enjoy learning about are science and history. Here is a video that contains both. I often wonder if people who see me mostly post on political stuff realize I do spend my time also trying to keep educating my self. It is hard in the climate today. Especially when there is such a push by well funded groups to destroy or distort history and science also to minimize it. Today on one “educational program” I found my self yelling at the monitor as it was nothing more than propaganda, a total reworking of history to form a basis for religion to be inserted into every part of the founding of the US. I was so frustrated. But this is what is being push and what people are seeing. Today you can find “facts” to support any view you prefer and getting the real true information is hard. Imagine if you were a teenager trying to learn today and you get all these authoritarian historians telling you god set up the US personally, or that slavery was benign and genial way to bring ignorant savages into an educated civilized world? Or that the US is and always has been the best country who does everything right and stands against all the other bad countries in the world? So this is why I post and fight as I do. Facts matter, reality matters. <blockquote>
“You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”
Here is an interesting video on history, the South Arctic, and design. I hope you enjoy it. Hugs
“There are several different priorities here,” pivoted Semonite, the head of the Army Corps of Engineers. Alongside building emergency hospital space for coronavirus is “a very aggressive build” on the border, where “our contractors are extremely focused.”
Semonite told the truth. Last Wednesday, while the country strained under a nationwide lockdown, Semonite’s corps found time to award another border-wall contract to a company Trump personally championed—even as it’s under investigation by the Defense Department inspector general. Specifically, Fisher on Apr. 15 got $7,633,085 to build a mere “800 linear feet” of bollard barrier—that slatted design Trump favors—for the wall in Yuma, Ariz.
That company is the MAGA-friendly Fisher Sand & Gravel of North Dakota, whose leading figure sings the praises of the wall on Trump’s favorite programs. Last December, after Fisher finally won a $400 million border contract, something the House Homeland Security Committee chairman blasted as egregious, the Pentagon IG opened an ongoing audit of the contract over what amounts to corruption.
“While favoritism in federal contracting is prohibited, Fisher seems to be favored by President Trump and others inside the Defense Department, despite a questionable track record and past experience history,” said Scott Amey of the Project on Government Oversight. “The Army might want to wait to throw more money at Fisher until the IG finishes its audit and we have a better understanding of whether its original $400 million award was legitimate.”
Much more at the link above including how this wall carp took time and money from the effort to help the states deal with covid 19 virus. Hugs
Now no saw needed. Even nature is against this stupid vanity project. Hugs
Immigrants fill this town’s schools. Their bus driver doesn’t want them there.
In rural Worthington, Minn., a surge of unaccompanied minors has crowded schools and left residents divided over funding an expansion.
Read in The Washington Post: https://apple.news/AuClYZb5GReiGyBiqhlHOrQ
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