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Biden to halt new oil drilling permits on public lands

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President Joe Biden is expected to announce an executive order Wednesday suspending new oil and gas leasing on federal land, The Wall Street Journal reports.

This follows Biden’s 60-day suspension of new drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters announced last week.

During his campaign, Biden pledged to halt new drilling on federal lands and waters and end the leasing of publicly owned energy reserves as part of his plan to address climate change and transition to renewable energy.

Biden is set to suspend new drilling permits to oil companies for wells on federal land indefinitely while the Department of the Interior conducts a review of oil development’s impact on climate change, according to The Journal. While federal land accounts for roughly 9% of onshore U.S. oil production, Biden’s order will have a large impact on states such as New Mexico and Utah where the federal government controls about a third of the state.

The Biden administration has been working quickly to reverse the policies set in place by the Trump administration.

On Biden’s first day in office, he revoked the permit for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, eliminating over 1,000 jobs.

According to the Keystone XL website, the pipeline project would employ more than 11,000 Americans, including more than 7,000 union workers, in 2021 and generate $1.6 billion in gross wages.

“The early actions of the administration are unilaterally shutting down and restricting the ability of American oil and gas producers to run their operations,” said Anne Bradbury, chief executive of the American Exploration and Production Council, which represents independent U.S. oil companies. “The scope and the lack of consultation with industry stakeholders has been alarming.”

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said “[Biden’s] radical Green New Deal-inspired agenda” will destroy American jobs.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said Biden’s energy policies will cause “$5 a gallon at the pump and higher home energy bills.”

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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NYC bill trying to repeal ‘sanctuary city’ laws put in place by liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio

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New York lawmakers are introducing a bill this week to undo “sanctuary city” laws approved from 2014-2018 under then-Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. Council members Robert Holden (D-Queens) and Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) told The New York Post they’ll introduce the bill Thursday.

Among the laws to be reversed include the prohibiting of the NYPD, and Correction and Probation departments from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the cases involve suspected terrorists or serious public safety risks. It would also reverse rules prohibiting city agencies from partnering with ICE to enforce federal immigration laws.

“Sanctuary city laws put all New Yorkers, both immigrants and longtime residents, in danger by preventing the NYPD and DOC from working with ICE,” said Holden, a moderate Dem. “We do not need to import criminals, and only 23 years since 9/11, we have forgotten the deadly consequences of poor interagency communication. We must repeal these laws immediately.”

“Like most things in New York, sanctuary city policy is a social experiment gone off the rails,” said Borelli. “All the problems with these local laws came out during the public-hearing process, but the Council just stepped harder on the gas pedal.”

In February, Mayor Eric Adams called for the rules to be loosened so migrants “suspected” of “serious” crimes could also be turned over to ICE — as they once were under sanctuary city policies implemented as early as 1989 under ex-mayors Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg.

Among public reasons for the push is the murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.  If it wasn’t for the sanctuary city policies, Riley is among other deaths that could have been prevented if the policies were not in place, Holden and other critics have said.

The 22-year-old was found dead Feb. 22 on the University of Georgia’s campus, six months after her alleged killer Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, was arrested in Queens and charged with endangering a child.

The Post explains of the case:

The NYPD had no choice but to cut the Venezuelan-born Ibarra loose — instead of turning him over to federal immigration officials — because he didn’t have any major crime convictions.

Council Speaker Adrienne Adams shot down the mayor’s idea just one day later, saying she and the rest of the Council’s progressive Democratic majority wouldn’t be considering any rule changes. The bill introduced this week is also likely to face objections from the Council’s left-wing Democratic majority.

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