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Biden Uses ‘Indigenous Knowledge” To Enact Environmentalist Policies

Last year, despite promising that he would support domestic oil production, the president announced the ban on seven oil and gas leases in Alaska. 

“The Interior Department’s proposed regulation would bar new oil or gas leasing on 10.6 million acres, or more than 40%, of the National Petroleum Reserve. The reserve is a 23-million acre area managed by the department. 

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said she also authorized the cancellation of seven oil and gas leases issued by the Trump administration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The leases had been suspended in 2021.

‘As the climate crisis warms the Arctic more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, we have a responsibility to protect this treasured region for all ages,’ President Biden said in a statement,” according to The Wall Street Journal. 

Now the administration is facing a lawsuit because the Department of Interior justified the move based on “indigenous Knowledge” of the Native Americans who originally inhabited the land. The Washington Free Beacon explained that “indigenous knowledge” appears to be a catch-all to justify what the administration wants to do on behalf of climate activists. 

The move was indicative of the administration’s embrace, in late 2022, of “Indigenous Knowledge”—that is, Native American folk wisdom—as part of their scientific assessments. so when Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced on Sept. 6 2023, that the entire United States Arctic Ocean was off limits to new oil and gas leasing, and canceled seven oil and gas leases issued by former president Donald Trump after a review, she cited “the best available science” and said the decision was also a “recognition of the Indigenous Knowledge of the original stewards of this area.”

That announcement has prompted a scientific integrity complaint by Protect the Public’s Trust, a watchdog group. “Indigenous Knowledge,” the complaint says, privileges “subjective beliefs over and above evidence derived from the application of the scientific method.”

“The American public can rightly hold serious concerns that the Biden administration’s decision making, through the use of Indigenous Knowledge, is susceptible to manipulation without even the pretense of adhering to scientific principles,” Protect the Public’s Trust director Michael Chamberlain wrote in the complaint.

Haaland’s remarks are the latest example of how “Indigenous Knowledge,” a pseudoscience which posits native people possess unique insights into the laws of the universe, has pervaded the federal government. A variety of federal agencies have hosted “Indigenous Knowledge” seminars. And Health and Human Services is poised to order all of its sub agencies, which include the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control, to incorporate “Indigenous Knowledge” into its decision making at some point this year.

Over the past year, the Biden administration has gotten more and more hostile towards fossil fuels. Last month, New Conservative Post reported that “Joe Biden has decided that getting his radical environmental base out to vote for him in November is more important than American energy jobs or allowing us to heat our homes for a low price. 

Bowing to climate activists who hate all fossil fuels, including ones that have lower emissions, the president has put a stop to exporting liquid natural gas.” 

Despite the constant haranguing of conservatives over a lack of funding to continue the war in Ukraine, Biden’s move revealed that he’s more concerned about the greens than the read. The move essentially served as a gigantic gift to Vladimir Putin. 

To justify his move, Biden used Donald Trump as his foil, saying, ‘While MAGA Republicans willfully deny the urgency of the climate crisis, condemning the American people to a dangerous future, my Administration will not be complacent. We will not cede to special interests. We will heed the calls of young people and frontline communities who are using their voices to demand action from those with the power to act.”

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