The Biden administration’s limits on new oil and gas drilling on federal land will push investment offshore and only benefit Middle Eastern countries, said the leader of one of America’s biggest fossil fuel-producing states.

Mark Gordon, Wyoming’s governor, said the U.S. Ixfnterior department’s moratorium on issuing new permits to drill on public land under its control would “send capital elsewhere”, including to private land in jurisdictions with less environmental oversight such as Texas.

“Ultimately, who benefits from that is going to be the Middle East,” he said in an interview with Financial Times.

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