Dems aim to ramp up costs of drilling on public lands

Some oil and gas producers are complaining that the Biden administration is obstructing production even for existing permits. But Democrats in Congress are hoping to make it far more expensive to drill in the future.

FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. In the closing months of the Trump administration, energy companies stockpiled enough drilling permits for western public lands to keep pumping oil for years. That stands to undercut President-elect Joe Biden's plans to block new drilling on public lands to address climate change. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
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