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Republican politicians are criticizing the Biden administration’s decision to increase royalty rates for oil and gas leases on federal lands.

NS Department of the Interior The long-awaited report by President Biden on Friday, issued the order he first took office after he halted leases for oil and gas contracts on federal lands, citing concerns about climate change.


“Amid rising energy prices, the Biden administration proposes to raise the cost of energy production even more,” Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont, said in a Friday tweet. “This administration is exacerbating the problem, at the expense of American families, to advance its radical green agenda.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, denounced the order in a Friday tweet as an “ISANE escalation of the Biden administration’s war on US energy.”

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“At a time when supply chains are breaking down and inflation is skyrocketing, Biden indulges in green ideology that will drive up energy prices and put all goods out of reach,” he wrote.

Internal calls for hike in rates on oil and gas companies to drill on federal land

Rep. Greg Murphy, RN.C. Said the move puts the US at a “serious national security risk”.

“The delusional @POTUS and his anti-US administration put this country at serious security risk by forcing us to rely on energy. Our oil reserves are for emergencies, not approval ratings,” he said on Friday. Tweet,

The Interior Department report called for raising royalty rates for such leases on public lands — which the agency noted had not been raised in 100 years — but stopped short of recommending ending them entirely because of environmental concerns. The workers demanded

A Friday press release from Interior said the report found “significant deficiencies”. Oil and gas leasing programs,” and called for “significant reforms that must be undertaken to ensure that programs provide fair returns to taxpayers, discourage speculation, hold operators responsible for remediation, and more fully protect communities.” and include tribal, state and local governments. make a decision.”

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“Our country is facing a deep climate crisis It is affecting every American,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement. reducing – while remaining stable in the country the pursuit of environmental justice.”

The Interior Department also wants to see an increase in bonding rates for companies engaged in contracts, arguing that the level has not been raised for 50 years.

Meanwhile, climate change activists are furious about the report, saying the recommendations do not go far enough and are criticized Biden For not keeping a campaign promise to completely end new oil and gas leases on federal lands.

The hike in oil and gas leasing rates comes after President Biden announced Tuesday that he would “make available 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to drive down gas and oil prices for Americans,” which has also drawn criticism. Got it. Some Republican politicians say the move makes the US more dependent on foreign oil as the US moves away from its own oil production under Biden in his administration’s efforts to tackle climate change.

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House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said the decision to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, on top of the president’s earlier orders to cancel construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and waive sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream II pipeline, “will give America the final ” keeps.

“Dear Mr. President: Let us produce our energy and create jobs right here at home. Stop making America final,” he said.

The Labor Department reported earlier this month that the consumer price index (CPI) climbed 6.2% year over year in October. This is the biggest annual profit since November 1990. Prices rose 0.9% month over month.

Energy prices rose 4.8% last month, and 30% over the previous year. October’s increase was largely the result of a 6.1% increase in the cost of gasoline.

Granthshala Business’ Braque Dumas and Jonathan Garber contributed to this report.