White House Insists It’s Not Blocking Domestic Gas Drilling as Prices Soar

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki insisted on Monday that President Biden’s policies are not hampering domestic oil drilling, in response to a question from Fox News’ Peter Doocy who asked why the administration is asking other countries for more oil rather than focusing on domestic options.

Doocy noted that an executive order issued by President Biden in his first week in office halted new oil and gas leases on public land.

“Let me give you the facts here, and I know that can be inconvenient but they’re important,” Psaki fired back. “There are 9,000 approved permits not being used.”

“Would President Biden rescind his executive order that halts new oil and natural gas leases on public lands?” Doocy asked.

“Well, 90% of them have been on private lands,” Psaki responded. “There are 9,000 unused approved drilling permits, so I would suggest you ask the oil companies.”

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