School Officials to Biden: Banning Oil, Gas Leasing on Federal Land Harms Education Funding

School Officials to Biden: Banning Oil, Gas Leasing on Federal Land Harms Education Funding


Education officials from four western states and Alaska sent a letter to President Joe Biden this week to point out that banning oil and gas leases on federal lands not only hurts economies but takes away vital funding for schools.

The letter begins by pointing out that while it may seem unusual to hear from school officials over domestic energy production, it is, in fact, vital to educate the president on just how widespread the damage would be if he follows up on his promise to ban oil and gas leasing on federal land.

This includes the Department of Interior’s Order 3395, which places a moratorium on new mining, oil, and gas leasing and permitting on federal lands, and Section 208 of the Climate Crisis Executive Order, which puts a “pause” on entering into new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or offshore waters and allows for review and reconsideration

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