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Climate EO Orders Pause on New Oil and Natural Gas Leases

January 28, 2021

As part of his approach to addressing climate change, President Biden signed an executive order that directs a pause on entering into new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or offshore waters, as well as a rigorous review of existing leasing and permitting practices related to fossil fuel development and doubling renewable energy production from offshore wind by 2030. The order does not immediately affect the substantial number of leases entered into during the Trump administration. While AGC and its members look forward to new clean energy construction market opportunities, the association remains concerned about impacts to traditional energy markets and its members who perform that work.

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