Joe Biden: The Enemy of American Energy | Opinion

The Biden administration's senseless and destructive war on energy is hurting Alaska—and America. It's costing us jobs, threatening our small businesses, and driving up the prices that we all have to pay for fuel and heating oil.

We've just been reminded of that once again as Knik Arm Services regretfully decided to give up its lease in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), leaving the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority as the sole leaseholder in one of the most productive oil-producing regions in the world.

Any time a company pulls away from responsibly developing Alaska, it's sad because jobs are lost and people suffer. But this decision was also preventable. The leaseholder isn't the one who decided to give up on Alaska—the Biden administration is.

After all, why would a company give up an expensive lease on prime oil-drilling land at a time when oil prices are through the roof? The potential profits are enormous, and Alaska is flush with experienced, highly skilled workers who are ready and willing to "drill, baby, drill."

The only reason that's not happening already is that Joe Biden has done everything in his power to destroy the domestic energy industry, including suspending ANWR leases that were approved during the Trump administration. Biden's people are currently trying to get those leases revoked permanently, but even if they fail, the leases will be tied up in court for years, making it impossible for leaseholders to recoup their investments.

Companies like Knik, which had millions of dollars tied up in its lease and was holding on as long as it could in hopes that Biden would lose in court, simply can't afford to fight against the power of the federal government.

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US President Joe Biden speaks about the soul of the nation, outside of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 1, 2022. Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images

Meanwhile, America is facing a self-imposed energy crisis, and working families are struggling to afford the cost of fueling their cars and heating their homes. Biden's solution? Going to America's enemies on bended knee and begging them to pump more of their dirty oil in order to prop up his poll numbers. When they refused, he decided to deplete America's strategic petroleum reserve to make it look like he was trying to solve the problem. The truth is, Joe Biden is the problem.

When Biden took office, he inherited Donald Trump's legacy of energy dominance. In 2019, the U.S. achieved energy independence for the first time in 62 years. We were exporting excess oil production, and gas prices were hovering around $2 per gallon. On day one in office, Biden went to war against the domestic energy industry, canceling pipelines, suspending leases, and generally doing everything he could to prevent Americans from developing our own God-given natural resources. This summer, average gas prices peaked at over $5 per gallon—and in many places, including Alaska, they went much higher than that.

We must come together in recognition of the need for clean, ethical, responsible extraction of our natural resources. Alaskans can do it better and safer than anyone, anywhere. It's nonsensical, dangerous, and irresponsible to rely on foreign sources of energy to keep our lights on.

Before anyone else gives up on Alaska, we must stop the Biden agenda that is purposely crippling our economy and making us less safe. Its total opposition to safe resource development, including locking up ANWR, makes the world a poorer and more dangerous place.

The bottom line is that the White House shoved yet another company out of Alaska by canceling leases. The results of its anti-energy agenda have been disastrous—not just for Alaska, but for the entire country.

America must wake up. We need to "drill, baby, drill," responsibly and ethically, and Alaskans can show the way.

Sarah Palin is the former governor of Alaska and a Republican candidate for Alaska's at-large congressional seat.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.