ICYMI: The Interior Department is canceling oil and gas lease sales on public lands through June amid an ongoing review of how the program contributes to climate change, officials said Wednesday. The action does not affect existing leases, and the agency has continued to issue new drilling permits during the open-ended review ordered by the White House. There is no end date for the review, but an interim report due this summer could reveal the Biden administration’s long-term plans for lease sales. Read the full story.
Edwards to speak: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference about the state’s response to the coronavirus at 2:30 p.m. The governor’s address will come six days before his current executive order for phase three and the statewide mask mandate is set to expire on April 28, WAFB-TV reports. Edwards will likely discuss Louisiana residents’ hesitancy to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch the event here.
At-home brewing: Consumers stuck at home drinking coffee powered Nestle to its best quarterly sales growth in almost a decade, according to The Wall Street Journal. The world’s biggest packaged-food company on Thursday reported a 7.7% rise in first-quarter organic sales. Nestle says coffee was the largest contributor to growth, with gains in North America and Europe. Coffee drinkers have invested in espresso machines, French presses and pour-over brewers as they look to replicate what they were getting in cafes at home. Read the full story.