Last January, a week after he became president, Joe Biden suspended oil and gas leasing on public lands, pending a full Interior Department review. That suspension was put on hold by a federal court in June after 14 states sued to overturn it.
Now, the Biden administration is trying to open up federal lands for energy—but this time it’s only renewable energy such as wind and solar. Write Nichola Groom and Valerie Volcovici for Reuters:
“The Biden administration plans to make federal lands cheaper to access for solar and wind power developers after the clean power industry argued in a lobbying push this year that lease rates and fees are too high to draw investment and could torpedo the president’s climate change agenda.”