Report on the Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Program

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This report responds to Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and
Abroad
, which directed the Department of the Interior (DOI) to conduct a review of Federal oil
and gas leasing and permitting practices. This report considers both onshore and offshore oil
and gas leasing programs in light of the Secretary of the Interior’s broad stewardship
responsibilities over public lands and Federal offshore waters.

The review found a Federal oil and gas program that fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers,
even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers;
inadequately accounts for environmental harms to lands, waters, and other resources; fosters
speculation by oil and gas companies to the detriment of competition and American consumers;
extends leasing into low potential lands that may have competing higher value uses; and leaves
communities out of important conversations about how they want their public lands and waters
managed.

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