Broadway

Complete News World

The US government has not ruled out new offshore drilling.

Archive – US President Joe Biden’s administration has not ruled out new oil and gas drilling off the US coast, according to media reports. Photo: John Fay/AP/dpa

Keystone

According to media reports, US President Joe Biden’s administration has not ruled out new oil and gas drilling off the US coast.

The plan put forward by the Ministry of the Interior, mainly in the Gulf of Mexico – but also off the coast of Alaska, as US media reported on Friday (local time) is possible. A five-year plan of the Ministry of Home Affairs is required by law. It involves the development of new oil and gas fields off the coast of the United States.

However, the ministry’s proposals also include the possibility of providing so-called new offshore drilling. It also proposes to auction off drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Alaska. The plan exempts public waters along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts from drilling.

Interior Secretary Deb Holland emphasized that the plan is not final, the Washington Post reported. Compared to a 2018 plan proposed under former President Donald Trump, the plan reduces areas eligible for oil and gas leases, the newspaper reported.

By the end of the decade, the U.S. actually wants to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half compared to 2005 levels. It was only on Thursday that the US Supreme Court struck down Biden’s climate policy and significantly limited the agency’s powers. At the same time, Biden is under pressure from high energy prices in the country.

SDA