Top White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy copied a CBS News reporter on an email chain Wednesday announcing the administration would cancel a series of oil and gas lease sales.
“The Cook inlet sale was canceled. It is not proceeding,” McCarthy wrote to other White House officials in an email, CBS reported.
Another official reportedly responded immediately saying that a decision hadn’t been made yet. Interior Department (DOI) officials then reiterated that sentiment to CBS, also saying the agency hadn’t decided if it would move forward on the lease sales Wednesday evening.
It is unclear why the CBS News reporter was copied on the email, but the ensuing thread appeared to show disagreement and miscommunication over the administration’s energy policies as gasoline prices continue to hit all-time highs. . .
The administration eventually confirmed that it would cancel offshore oil and gas lease sales set for Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. The DOI said the decision was made due to lack of industry interest in Alaska and legal issues in the Gulf of Mexico. (Read more from “Biden’s Climate Czar May Have Inadvertently Revealed Deep Dysfunction in the Administration” HERE)
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