Biden Alaskan Oil Crackdown Latest Blow To Energy Independence

On Friday, the Biden administration declared vast tracts of Alaska’s oil-rich lands off-limits to new drilling. The decision encompasses over 13 million acres, including the entirety of the U.S. Arctic Ocean’s available shores, 11 million acres of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, and nearly 3 million acres of coastal waters. The White House claims the sweeping directive will conserve “ecological and cultural resources.”

Dustin Meyer, senior vice president of policy at the American Petroleum Institute, criticized the decision as detrimental to U.S. energy prospects. “This misguided rule sharply limits future oil and natural gas development in a region explicitly intended by Congress to bolster America’s energy security,” Meyer told Politico. He also pointed to the detrimental effect the ban will have on national security and economic growth. Local communities are expected to suffer greatly as a primary source of employment and revenue disappears.

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) echoed this sentiment, accusing President Biden of appeasing “far-left radicals” at the expense of the nation’s geopolitical stance. “The message this administration is sending is this: We won’t use our resources to strengthen our country — but you can use your resources to strengthen your country,” Sullivan stated, suggesting that such policies would benefit adversarial nations like Iran, China, and Russia.

The crackdown follows other regulatory actions that heighten the operational costs for oil and gas extraction on public lands and are seen as part of a broader agenda to transition away from fossil fuels. The administration also faces criticism for considering a national climate emergency declaration to further curtail oil exports and offshore drilling.

The Biden administration’s latest policy decisions reflect a significant shift in America’s energy and environmental conservation approach. The administration prioritizes climate goals and conservation over traditional energy strategies by placing extensive areas off-limits for oil and gas exploration. This misguided globalist agenda is being implemented at a time when geopolitical stress around the world has made dependence on potentially hostile nations for critical energy supplies an even more risky proposition.

Critics argue that restricting domestic energy development could inadvertently strengthen geopolitical rivals who are less inhibited in exploiting their natural resources. Energy independence has been a cornerstone of America’s national security strategy for more than a century.