Biden suspends oil and gas leases in Alaska refuge pending review

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden’s administration will suspend leases for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge pending a review of their environmental impacts, the U.S. Interior Department said on Tuesday. The action reverses one of former President Donald Trump’s signature efforts to expand fossil fuel and mineral development in the United States. During his campaign, Biden pledged to protect the 19.6 million-acre habitat for polar bears, caribou and migratory birds. “President Biden believes America’s national treasures are cultural and economic cornerstones of our cou…

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