The White House has reportedly prepared documents that would pause new oil and gas auctions offshore and on federal land while the new administration reviews the programs. The moratorium will have no effect on existing leases, meaning drilling will continue on public lands and offshore. So the kerfuffle over oil and gas leasing on public lands is about the future. Actually breaking the deep symbiotic bond between government and big (fossil fuel) energy, or even loosening it, is a massive undertaking. Energy, grazing, and mining interests are joined at the hip with the agencies that oversee their use of federal land.