Former top Trump official rips Biden administration's recent oil drilling proposal reducing lease sales
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Former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt criticized the Biden administration's proposal unveiled late last week that gutted a 2018 plan to hold dozens of offshore oil and gas lease sales.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) published a proposed five-year offshore leasing program Friday that opened the door to a complete ban on offshore leasing through 2028. The plan — which would allow a maximum of 11 total offshore lease sales in that time span — also laid waste to a Trump-era version of the same program that proposed 47 lease sales over five years.
"Since day one, this administration has put climate activism over energy independence and energy security," Bernhardt, who was the DOI's deputy secretary between 2017-2018 and led the agency between 2019-2021 during the Trump administration, told FOX Business in an interview Tuesday.
"What it does do is make very clear that there is a very real possibility they choose to either have no leasing or many fewer sales," her continued. "They have been relentless in their desire to pursue climate activism over energy security for the American people, even though it's wildly unpopular."
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