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A service is being held Saturday in Maine for a 50-year-old secret service agent who died while training during his shift at the Bush family compound at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport.
Keith Mills, a Secret Service officer who protected the late President George H.W. Bush and former President George W. Bush, died Sunday during training, said his brother Todd Mills of Gorham. An autopsy has been conducted, but the cause of death was not released.
Mills’ death is considered a line-of-duty death.
The Portland Press Herald reports a service is being held Saturday at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco with a heavy presence from local law enforcement agencies, troopers from the Maine State Police and Secret Service agents.
In a statement, former President George W. Bush said he and his wife Laura “were saddened by the sudden loss of Keith Mills.” Bush called Mills a “dedicated public servant and exemplary member of the United States Secret Service.
Mills joined the Kennebunkport Police Department in 1992 and left the department in 2002 to join the Secret Service.
‘Stop Raping Us’: Topless Protester Crashes Cannes Red Carpet
A topless woman with the words “stop raping us” painted on her chest shocked the crowd at Cannes when she crashed a red carpet event Friday.
The incident occurred during an event for the new film “Three Thousand Years Of Longing.” The woman, who wore only underwear, had blue and yellow paint on her body and the name of a radical feminist group on her back, prompting speculation the protest may have been connected to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“Don’t rape us!” the woman yelled as she dropped to her knees before security guards threw a coat over her and dragged her away.
A New York Times reporter recorded part of the chaotic scene before being blocked by authorities.
“On the Cannes red carpet for George Miller’s new movie, the woman in front of me stripped off all her clothes (covered in body paint) and fell to her knees screaming in front of photographers,” wrote Kyle Buchanan. “Cannes authorities rushed over, covered her in a coat, & blocked my camera from filming,” he wrote in a tweet, describing the incident.
On the Cannes red carpet for George Miller’s new movie, the woman in front of me stripped off all her clothes (covered in body paint) and fell to her knees screaming in front of photographers. Cannes authorities rushed over, covered her in a coat, & blocked my camera from filming pic.twitter.com/JFdWlwVMEw
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 20, 2022
The woman, who had stripped off her clothing moments before creating the ruckus, also had red paint pouring from her underwear, red handprints on her thighs, and the word “scum” scrawled on the small of her back. While it was not clear what the protest was about, Russian soldiers have been accused of raping Ukrainian civilians in the war, which began in February.
SCUM is the name of a radical French feminist group that claimed credit for the protest in a tweet.
“A SCUM activist enters the red carpet of the #Cannes2022 festival to denounce the sexual violence inflicted on Ukrainian women in the context of the war,” the group said.
Une activiste SCUM s'introduit sur le tapis rouge du festival de #Cannes2022 pour dénoncer les violences sexuelles infligées aux ukrainiennes dans le contexte de la guerre.#cannes2022redcarpet pic.twitter.com/cGEJDghD2k
— SCUM (@scum_officiel) May 20, 2022
The demonstration came ahead of Cannes’ “Ukraine Day” on Saturday, when the festival will hold a series of events to show solidarity for Ukraine’s film industry.
“Three Thousand Years Of Longing” marks Director George Miller’s first film since “Mad Max: Fury Road” in 2015. It stars Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba and is about a scholar who meets a magician in a hotel room, then discovers his fantastical past while getting to make three wishes.
Miller, Swinton, and Elba walked the red carpet after the protester was hauled away, Variety reported.
11 Senate Conservatives Defy Establishment to Vote Against $40 Billion Boondoggle in Aid to Ukraine
Eleven Senate Republicans voted on Thursday to defy the Republican and Democrat establishment and oppose a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine.
The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to approve H.R. 7691, the Ukraine Supplemental Aid Package, 86-11. Nearly the entire Senate voted for the gargantuan aid package to the embattled eastern European nation, and notably, only Republicans opposed the legislation to grant tens of billions of dollars in military and economic aid to Ukraine.
The 11 Senate conservatives that voted against the bill cited that America cannot keep spending more of its taxpayer dollars while its people reel from inflation or grapple with baby formula shortages. They also contended that it was not in America’s interest to further instigate conflict with nuclear-armed Russia. Many of them also raised objections to spending $40 billion without proper offsets to the massive spending on foreign aid.
The 11 Senate conservatives’ vote also echoes the decades-old America First foreign policy vision of the old American Right, wherein conservatives believed that America should not get entangled in foreign conflicts. Then-2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump championed this foreign policy vision, and many of these senators have echoed that America First vision.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have tried to quickly advance the passage of this bill and managed to pass it with the support of the majority of Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans.
“Less than a year after ending the war in Afghanistan, establishment Republicans are whipping votes for the Democrats to pour billions more into a new foreign war—with almost no debate,” a senior GOP aide told Breitbart News. “Americans are sick of this kind of nation-building and have no interest in flirting in a new war with Russia.”
The 11 Senate Republicans that voted against the $40 billion aid package include:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
Paul falls into the noninterventionist wing of the Republican Party like his father, former. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). The Kentucky senator “single handedly” moved to hold up the Ukraine aid package until Thursday.
The Kentucky senator believed that the Ukraine aid package needed an inspector general to ensure that the billions of dollars are spent wisely.
He further emphasized that America does not have the money to spend $40 billion. He told Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow that America would have to borrow the money from China to send aid to Ukraine.
“I think it’s important to know that we don’t have any money to send, we have to borrow money from China to send it to Ukraine. And I think most people kind of get that, and many Republicans will say that when it’s a new social program, but if it’s military aid to a country, they’re like we can borrow that, that’s a justified borrowing,” Paul explained to Marlow.
“My oath of office is [to] the U.S. constitution, not to any foreign nation and no matter how sympathetic the cause, my oath of office is to the national security of the United States of America,” Paul said on the Senate floor last week. “We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the U.S. economy.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)
Hawley falls along the more nationalist, populist wing of the Republican Party. He delivered his foreign policy vision at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in November 2019. The Missouri populist said that his foreign policy would be centered on keeping Americans “safe and prosperous,” while ending America’s decades-long wars in the Middle East.
He has said that most of America’s veterans are from middle- and working-class families, and come from families with a history of military service.
Hawley said in his speech, “It is time for a new departure, based on America’s needs in this new century. Because the point of American foreign policy should not be to remake the world, but to keep Americans safe and prosperous.”
Now, during this latest legislative battle, Hawley said that this Ukraine aid package serves as the latest attempt to nation-build and that it does not serve the country’s interest.
“Spending $40 billion on Ukraine aid – more than three times what all of Europe has spent combined – is not in America’s interests. It neglects priorities at home (the border), allows Europe to freeload, short changes critical interests abroad and comes w/ no meaningful oversight,” Hawley wrote.
“That’s not isolationism. That’s nationalism. It’s about prioritizing American security and American interests,” he added.
Spending $40 billion on Ukraine aid – more than three times what all of Europe has spent combined – is not in America’s interests. It neglects priorities at home (the border), allows Europe to freeload, short changes critical interests abroad and comes w/ no meaningful oversight
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 16, 2022
Hawley said in an interview with Fox News this week after Tuesday’s primaries that it is “clear” that the Republican base wants to unite behind the “populist” agenda:
Sen. Josh Hawley : It’s time for Republicans to unite behind populist agenda. pic.twitter.com/yPAdm41s9C
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 18, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
Lee falls in line with a more constitutionalist wing of the Republican Party. Lee proposed an amendment that would streamline and target the aid to better meet the needs of the Ukrainian people. He said in a statement:
The House proposal would spend nearly ten times the annual defense budget of Ukraine while delegating broad discretion to the President and bureaucrats regarding where and how most of the money is spent. Much of the money will likely go to nations across the world not involved in the conflict. Putin’s aggression is indefensible, and we should look for appropriate ways to support Ukrainians in the noble defense of their homeland. We must also make sure Congress maintains its constitutional role of directing engagement in conflict and ensure that we are not spending unnecessary funds while in a time of historic inflation and ballooning national debt. My amendment will ensure we can help our friends without compromising our constitutional or financial integrity.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Blackburn said although she supports the Ukrainians’ fight against Russia, she believes that there will not be any accountability or oversight for the funding. She said:
I fully support the Ukrainian people in their fight against Russia. Vladimir Putin is a sick and evil human and must be held accountable. As written, this legislation has zero accountability into how taxpayer dollars are being spent. For example, the State Department is asking for $110 million to repair the Kyiv Embassy but has not even conducted a full damage assessment. Meanwhile, many previous authorizations – including $100 million in food aid – have yet to be executed.
Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN)
Hagerty, who was Trump’s former ambassador to Japan, said in a recent interview with Fox News that America cannot send aid to Ukraine while ignoring the many crises unfolding under President Joe Biden’s administration. He explained:
I’ll be a no on the package, Maria. It’s, as Senator [Rand] Paul said, we’ve got crises erupting across the nation. In my home state, mothers can’t get baby formula in Knoxville. You’ve got grandmothers and mothers that have sons and grandsons that won’t come home because of fentanyl overdoses because of the illegal drugs that are flowing across our southern border that President Biden will not protect. You’ve got crime running rampant across America, and people need to look at our nation and think we’ve got to look at… our own national security first, as Senator Paul has said. Other nations are watching us, too. China is seeing us not behave like a serious nation, rushing to put more aid into a country, who, again, I certainly don’t have anything against the Ukrainians. We want to see them win, but pumping more aid into that country when we’re not taking care of our own country—the best thing that Biden could do is stop the war that he’s waged on American industry. That would lower prices overall, that would take the funding away from Putin’s war machine against Ukraine. It would make our economy do better here. Biden will not do that. Biden will not be serious, and it’s taken us into a very bad direction. So, he just wants to throw another 40 billion dollars of American money into this when you’ve got other nations more approximate—the European nations that have sort of stayed with us, but they haven’t done this level of investment […] I know that there are other senators that are thinking very hard about this right now, as I have done. And I think it’s going to be up to each one’s conscience. We’ve already committed a great deal of money to this effort area. And I know that people are concerned that that money is being well spent, and we should certainly take effort to oversee that very carefully. At the same time, we have got to take care of things here at home first. That’s our primary duty.
Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
Lummis said in a statement about the vote:
I am fully in support of Ukraine and its efforts to push back on Russian aggression. I am, however, concerned about this particular request. President Biden requested $33 billion, yet we are voting on a $40 billion package. It’s important to give Ukraine the support they need, but we also need to be pragmatic about the amount of money we are spending.
Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN)
Braun said in a statement this week about the Ukraine vote:
I support helping Ukraine expel the Russian invasion, but as inflation, gas prices, and shortages wallop Americans here at home I can’t support $40 billion of new spending unless it’s offset with cuts or taken from already authorized funds, especially when the European Union isn’t matching what we’re doing to end this conflict in their own backyard.
Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)
“The federal government can’t keep spending money without accountability or oversight. I’m all for supporting Ukraine, but we need to be responsible with taxpayer dollars,” Tuberville said in a statement.
The federal government can't keep spending money without accountability or oversight. I'm all for supporting Ukraine, but we need to be responsible with taxpayer dollars.
— Coach Tommy Tuberville (@SenTuberville) May 19, 2022
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
Boozman said in a statement on Thursday:
Ukraine has fought valiantly against Putin’s invasion, but it’s time to think more long-term and strategically about the U.S. role in this ongoing conflict. The Biden administration should offer a comprehensive plan with clear objectives and assurances that our aid and support is targeted and effectively protecting America’s interests. In light of President Biden’s disastrous policies on domestic and international fronts, the lack of oversight of U.S. taxpayer dollars, and his refusal to make American energy production a centerpiece of our response to Russia’s malign behavior, I can’t support this package.
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS)
Marshall said in a statement:
Combined with the original $13.6 billion installment signed into law in March, passage of this bill brings the total spending on Ukraine this year to $53.6 billion – the largest foreign aid package provided by Congress in more than 20 years. All the while, our NATO allies contributions have dropped off significantly, turning this essentially into a proxy war between the U.S. and Russia, there is no long term strategy, and no end in sight to the spending. Not to mention, this spending in support of Ukraine is coming at a time when our border is being overrun by illegal crossers, fentanyl is poising our communities, and inflation and supply issues are still rattling every American home. Our allies must step up their support and our leaders in Washington must demand more accountability, more strategy, and more prioritization of the issues Americans are facing here at home.
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)
“I strongly support the United States assisting Ukraine in its own fight to remain free and independent from Russia’s totalitarian control, and providing assistance to Ukraine is a matter of both long-term national and economic security,” Crapo said in a statement. “However, any further spending must be offset.”
Twitter Announces New Censorship Tools
Twitter says it’s rolling out a new “crisis misinformation” policy that is intended to target false information during an international armed conflict or other crisis events.
“To determine whether claims are misleading, we require verification from multiple credible, publicly available sources, including evidence from conflict monitoring groups, humanitarian organizations, open-source investigators, journalists, and more,” the social media company stated in a post on May 19.
False material spread quickly on Twitter and other social networks during the early part of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including information that was spread via official Ukrainian and Russian accounts. Misleading information and hoaxes also often spread during emergencies, including weather disasters, as users rush to share information that hasn’t been verified.
“Alongside our existing work to make reliable information more accessible during crisis events, this new approach will help to slow the spread by us of the most visible, misleading content, particularly that which could lead to severe harms,” the firm stated in a blog post.
The policy will first tackle information relating to the conflict in Ukraine, and will be expanded to other emergencies, according to the company.
“While this first iteration is focused on international armed conflict, starting with the war in Ukraine, we plan to update and expand the policy to include additional forms of crisis. The policy will supplement our existing work deployed during other global crises, such as in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and India,” according to the post.
The new warning notices will alert users that a tweet has violated Twitter’s rules, while still allowing people to view and comment. The platform won’t amplify or recommend such tweets and retweeting will also be disabled, and the company will prioritize adding labels to misleading tweets from high-profile accounts such as verified users or official government profiles. It also will prioritize content that could cause harm to people.
The update comes at a critical time for the social media firm, as Twitter’s board last month approved Elon Musk’s $44 billion bid to take the company private. Musk said that he would scale back some of the company’s content moderation policies, suggesting that they imperil free speech.
But in recent days, the deal has hit a snag as the Tesla CEO said he wants the company to provide more information about automated and bot (fake) accounts.
“How do advertisers know what they’re getting for their money?” Musk asked this week, in reference to an uncertain number of bots running Twitter accounts. “This is fundamental to the financial health of Twitter.”
Gunman Opens Fire At High School Graduation Ceremony
A gunman opened fire during a high school graduation ceremony in Tennessee on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring another, local authorities said.
The shooter opened fire as families and students attending Riverdale High School’s graduation ceremony left Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Wednesday night, police told local outlet WKRN.
Two gunshot victims were found by tennis courts near the Murphy Center, with one victim declared dead while the other was transported to a hospital in critical condition, authorities told WKRN.
MTSU ALERT: Shooting reported at Murphy Center. Leave the area if possible or shelter in place. Report suspicious activity to MTSU Police: 615-898-2424
— Middle Tennessee State University (@MTSU) May 19, 2022
The shooter is still at large and considered to be “armed and dangerous,” police told WKRN. Police have yet to release a description of the suspect.
A spokesperson for the school district stated that Rutherford County Schools are closed for Thursday and are expected to reopen on Friday, the outlet reported.
Rutherford County Schools is working in coordination with the police on the investigation, the school district said in a tweet. Blackman High School in Rutherford County is still set to hold its graduation ceremony at the Murphy Center on Thursday, according to the school’s website.
Approximately 450 students were graduating from Riverdale High School, district spokesperson James Evans told WKRN. Additionally, hundreds of other guests, including families of students, usually attend the graduation ceremonies, he told the outlet.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and Rutherford County Schools did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
Musk Responds to Sexual Misconduct Accusation
Elon Musk called a report that he engaged in sexual misconduct on a 2016 flight “utterly untrue” and an attempt to derail his acquisition of Twitter.
In a series of tweets on Friday, the billionaire SpaceX and Tesla CEO called the flight attendant who accused him of sexual misconduct a “liar,” and Musk challenged her to provide more evidence to substantiate her claims that he exposed himself to her, which the business tycoon said she will be unable to do because “it never happened.”
“The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens — this is their standard (despicable) playbook — but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech,” Musk tweeted on Friday.
He called the Business Insider report claiming the flight attendant received a $250,000 settlement over allegations that on a flight in 2016 he exposed his erect penis, rubbed her leg without permission, and attempted to bribe the flight attendant into performing a sexual massage in exchange for a horse a “hit price [sic]” intended to “interfere with the Twitter acquisition.”
“It was clear that their only goal was a hit price to interfere with the Twitter acquisition. The story was written before they even talked to me,” Musk said. “And, for the record, those wild accusations are utterly untrue.”
Musk also challenged the woman to provide more details of the alleged encounter.
“But I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me ‘exposed’ — describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public. She won’t be able to do so, because it never happened,” he tweeted.
But I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me “exposed” – describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public. She won’t be able to do so, because it never happened.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2022
In his early Friday morning tweets, Musk asked people to call the scandal “Elongate,” a reference to a March 2021 tweet in which he told the public his preferred name for a scandal involving him, should one arise.
“Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It’s kinda perfect,” Musk tweeted.
Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It’s kinda perfect. 🤣 https://t.co/qSNH7lsn72
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2022
Musk, 50, is in the process of buying Twitter for $44 billion. In recent days, however, he has raised the prospect of backing out of the deal over concerns the social media company is not accurately reporting the number of fake and spam accounts on the platform.
AOC Gets Engaged To Longtime Boyfriend
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) confirmed on Thursday that she is engaged to longtime partner Riley Roberts.
“It’s true!” the progressive lawmaker said on Twitter. “Thank you all for the well wishes.”
It’s true! Thank you all for the well wishes ☺️ https://t.co/i5cm9awN3S
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 19, 2022
“We got engaged last month in my family’s hometown in Puerto Rico,” she told Business Insider. “No future details yet, we’re taking some space to savor this time before diving into planning.”
A photographer from The Hill snapped a picture earlier on Thursday of Ocasio-Cortez sporting an engagement ring. “While Ocasio-Cortez maintains a famously heavy social media presence — with more than 8 million Instagram followers and nearly 13 million on Twitter — she’s typically kept details of her romantic life under wraps,” the outlet explained.
— Judy Kurtz (@JudyKurtz) May 19, 2022
The ring, according to Ocasio-Cortez, is “zero emission and recycled gold.”
Close! It’s zero emission and recycled gold 😂
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 19, 2022
Ocasio-Cortez began dating Roberts, a marketing professional, during their time as undergraduates.
“Roberts and Ocasio-Cortez met at Boston University’s Coffee and Conversation in 2011 — a Friday-afternoon student town hall where Ocasio-Cortez often drove discussions — but friends of the couple didn’t know they had been dating until years after they all graduated,” Insider reported. “After they were both done with school, the couple broke up, and Roberts eventually moved back to Arizona. They later rekindled the relationship in New York.”
Ocasio-Cortez and Roberts “came from different corners of the country,” according to the New York Post. “Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx and moved at a young age with her parents to Yorktown in suburban Westchester County where she attended public schools until she graduated high school in 2007… Roberts grew up in a wealthy area of Paradise Valley, Ariz., the son of a real-estate agent.”
Roberts helped Ocasio-Cortez in her 2018 upset victory over longtime Democratic lawmaker Joe Crowley by collecting signatures to put his girlfriend on the ballot.
According to Rolling Stone, Roberts rarely steps into the limelight, but appeared in the 2019 documentary “Knock Down the House,” which details the rise of several progressive lawmakers. In a biography about Ocasio-Cortez, author Josh Gondleman wrote that Roberts “doesn’t fit the stereotype of a politician’s partner.”
“He doesn’t seem focus-grouped or media-trained for state dinners and press conferences. We know he’s supportive and encouraging in private,” Gondelman explained. “And his expertise, as far as his public image goes, is his elusiveness and restraint.”
Ocasio-Cortez is most famous for her “Green New Deal,” which seeks to fight the “intertwined economic, social, racial and climate crises crippling the country,” according to her office.
“The Green New Deal has three core components: jobs, justice and climate,” said Ocasio-Cortez in a statement. “The dozens of bills that have sprung from this resolution since we introduced it two years ago all contain 1) a commitment to creating good-paying union jobs; 2) prioritizing frontline and vulnerable communities disproportionately affected by climate change – including communities of color, indigenous land, deindustrialized communities and fossil fuel hubs; and 3) reducing greenhouse gas emissions from human sources by 40 to 60% within 10 years and net-zero global emissions by 2050, in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s finding that global temperatures must not increase more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrialized levels in order to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change.”
Washington State Gas Stations Run Out of Fuel, Prep for $10 a Gallon
Gas stations in Washington state are resetting their price boards to accommodate double digits in preparation for fuel prices potentially reaching $10 a gallon, according to a report.
The move comes as several gas stations in the Evergreen State ran out of fuel, the Post Millennial reported.
At the 76 gas station in Auburn, about 30 miles south of Seattle, gas pumps were reprogrammed so the display could indicate a price of at least $10 a gallon.
The displays were limited to single digits as recently as March, but the surging price of gas has led to the change.
A 76 spokesperson told the Post Millennial that the change did not necessarily mean the company was predicting gas prices would reach $10 a gallon.
The station in Auburn also sells race fuel, which is more expensive than the fuel that is used by ordinary citizens.
Race fuel costs more due to the high-octane, premium fuel that is required to enable the engine to have a higher compression ratio, giving it a more energetic explosion and improving the performance of turbocharger and supercharger engines.
Washingtonians are also having to contend with gas stations that are running out of fuel.
Motorists who drive up to gas pumps in Kennewick, Pasco and West Richland are met with notes indicating that the station does not have any fuel to sell — except diesel.
On Facebook, local residents are reporting more than 10 gas stations that are out of fuel.
The average price of a gallon of gas in Washington state is $5.18 — well above the national average of $4.59 as of Thursday, according to AAA.
The most expensive gas in the nation could be found in California, where motorists in and around San Francisco pay more than $6 a gallon.
Limited supply exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, coupled with what is expected to be sky-high demand as Americans take to the roads this summer for travel, will likely push gas prices even higher, analysts warn.
US crude was trading at $112.31 per barrel while Brent crude, the international standard, was trading at $112.89 per barrel, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
The only three states that had been below $4 a gallon as of Monday — Georgia, Kansas and Oklahoma — crossed the threshold on Tuesday, AAA reported.
The oil and gas industry has criticized the Biden administration for its policies that they say have kept supply limited.
Last week, the Biden administration announced that it was canceling three oil and gas lease sales scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska — removing millions of acres from possible drilling.
The Interior Department announced the decision last Wednesday night, citing a lack of industry interest in drilling off the Alaska coast and “conflicting court rulings” that have complicated drilling efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, where the bulk of US offshore drilling takes place.
The decision likely means the Biden administration will not hold a lease sale for offshore drilling this year and comes as Interior appears set to let a mandatory five-year plan for offshore drilling expire next month.
“Unfortunately, this is becoming a pattern — the administration talks about the need for more supply and acts to restrict it,″ said Frank Macchiarola, senior vice president of the American Petroleum Institute, the top lobbying group for the oil and gas industry.
“As geopolitical volatility and global energy prices continue to rise, we again urge the administration to end the uncertainty and immediately act on a new five-year program for federal offshore leasing,″ he said.