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In climate reversal, Biden okays new oil and gas mega auction

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Washington (AFP) – US President Joe Biden’s administration on Tuesday announced plans to open more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration after a court ruled against the administration’s pause in leasing. The decision represents a significant step back for the White House’s ambitious climate agenda and was quickly challenged by a coalition of environmental groups.  The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management expects a final notice of sale in September, “with a lease sale to follow in the fall of this year,” the agency said in a statement.  In Ja…

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