President Joe Biden lies about almost everything, and takes responsibility for almost nothing. We got another example this week.
The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently reduced the number of approved permits that oil companies have to drill for new oil reserves.
Biden and his staff have long claimed the number was more than 9,000.
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As Biden said in March, “They have 9,000 permits to drill now. They could be drilling right now, yesterday, last week, or last year. They have 9,000 to drill onshore that are already approved.”
“So let me be clear: They are not using them for production now. That’s their decision. These are the facts. We should be honest about the facts.”
Yet the BLM now pegs the number at less than 6,700.
And true to form, it was former President Donald Trump’s fault.
From Fox News: “The BLM, a subagency of the Department of the Interior (DOI), blamed the revision on a Trump-era technical change that it hadn’t properly accounted for.”
“As of February 2023, companies have over 6,600 approved and unused drilling permits available on federal lands,” the BLM told Fox News in a statement. “This number has been updated to account for a reporting discrepancy resulting from a transition to a new database in mid-2020.”
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Fox News continued, “The change suggests that President Joe Biden and administration officials had overstated the extent to which oil and gas companies have neglected producing on approved permits amid the global energy crisis last year.”
In response to the BLM revision, Frank Macchiarola, senior vice president of policy, economics, and regulatory affairs for the American Petroleum Institute, told Fox News:
“It is time for the administration to end the finger-pointing and instead support American production with a comprehensive strategy for American energy development — one that includes a final five-year program for offshore leasing and quarterly onshore lease sales.”
Fox noted that oil production on federal lands is down more than 700,000 barrels from the peak of the Trump era.
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