Congress Can Remove Federal Obstacles to Alaskan Energy Production

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The people and economy of Alaska and the nation took a big hit when regulators at the U.S. Department of Interior cancelled a host of oil leases in the state, followed by a rule to restrict oil and gas production on millions of acres in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

These actions negatively impact all Americans by limiting access to affordable energy sources. In fact, the U.S. has even started to look overseas to import foreign oil from unfriendly countries, such as Venezuela. And President Biden resorted to draining the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to mitigate high fuel prices, draining the reserve down to its lowest level since it was initially created in 1983.

The only good news is that Congress can fix this problem.

To its credit, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill at the start of May (H.R. 6285, the Alaska’s Right to Produce Act of 2023) that would reinstate the cancelled oil leases and nullify the agency’s rule restricting production in the National Petroleum Reserve.

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