JUNEAU, Alaska — The Biden administration released a long-awaited study that recommends allowing a major oil development on Alaska’s North Slope.” The move — while not final — drew immediate anger from environmentalists who saw it as a betrayal of the president’s pledges to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean energy sources. …Even as the land agency released its report, the U.S. Interior Department said in a separate statement that it has “substantial concerns” about the project. …Opponents have raised concerns about the impacts of oil development on wildlife, such as caribou, and efforts to address climate change. …Federal agencies have within the last week made two major decisions around resources in Alaska. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it was reinstating restrictions on road-building and logging on the country’s largest national forest in southeast Alaska, the Tongass National Forest.
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