Biden's Upstream Balancing Act Gets Trickier

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  • US President Joe Biden’s recent decisions to green light a high-profile Alaska oil project and a major US Gulf lease sale are drawing backlash from left-leaning Democrats.
  • The administration had legal constraints in play with both decisions, but to help manage the optics of the lease sale sought to showcase its offshore wind strategy.
  • Political fallout within Biden’s own party may be short-lived, but highlights the problems that can flare up around the administration's "carrots not sticks" approach to climate policy.

The Issue

Policy and Regulation, Elections, Resource Access, Low-Carbon Policy, Upstream Projects, Deepwater
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