In the climate change fight, the Interior Department becomes a battlefield, Washington Post ($)

Administration’s review of the federal oil and gas program, personnel decisions have sparked pushback.

By Juliet Eilperin and Joshua Partlow • April 16 2021 at 5:35 p.m. EDT

In the weeks after President Biden’s inauguration, as the oil industry was facing a far less welcoming White House, a ConocoPhillips executive went pheasant hunting with the Democratic senator poised to wield tremendous power in an evenly divided Congress.

The trip was a political fundraiser for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.). ConocoPhillips has a key oil project under review by the Interior Department on Alaska’s North Slope, and Manchin had just taken the gavel of the panel overseeing the department. MORE>>