Alaska Republican Gov. Michael Dunleavy issued a scathing statement saying President Biden treats Venezuela better than his state after a leaked memo revealed the administration set the highest possible royalty fee for an oil and gas lease sale in Alaska because of “climate change,” despite acknowledging a lower price would provide “greater energy security.”
Dunleavy said “2024 can’t come soon enough” after the Biden administration faced backlash for the memo, including from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who accused it of pandering to environmental groups “at the expense of shoring up American energy security and keeping Americans safe.”
“The war against AK & our people continues,” Dunleavy tweeted late Friday. “The Biden administration won’t stop until it destroys the resource development that underpins revenue for our state.”
“Venezuela gets better treatment by the administration than AK does,” he added. “2024 can’t come soon enough.”
Former Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Amanda Lefton recommended late last year that, as part of its climate agenda, the Department of the Interior (DOI) move forward with higher royalty fees for an oil and gas lease sale spanning 958,202 acres in the Cook Inlet off the coast of Alaska, according to the memo obtained by Fox News Digital. DOI Assistant Secretary Laura Daniel-Davis ultimately signed off on the recommendation.