The Biden administration on Wednesday announced the first-ever offshore “wind lease sale” by the federal government in the Gulf of Mexico. Businesses will have the opportunity to bid on Gulf Coast locations to generate wind energy and support the “clean energy transition” in America.
The announcement comes at a time when the quantity of offshore oil and gas leases awarded under the Biden presidency has reached historic lows. According to the American Petroleum Institute, the Biden administration has leased 1.7 million offshore acres for oil and gas in its first two years, less than any other president since President Richard Nixon and about a third of what President Barack Obama’s first two years saw (API).
That figure demonstrates how successfully the Biden administration has adhered to Biden’s pledge to drastically reduce new oil and gas exploration. Biden famously pledged “no more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling, even offshore” while running for office.
Biden’s administration is attempting to make up for the stalled offshore oil and gas leases with its most recent offshore wind sale. The announcement is a part of the drive to “build America’s clean energy economy,” according to a statement released on Wednesday by Biden’s Department of the Interior.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland stated in a statement that “America’s clean energy transition is happening right here and now.” The Department is taking steps to kickstart the offshore wind industry and use American innovation to provide families and businesses with dependable, cheap power.