CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming Congresswoman and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) introduced two bills on Jan. 28, “The Safeguarding Oil and Gas Leasing and Permitting Act” and, “The Safeguarding Coal Leasing Act. These bills would prohibit any moratorium on federal oil and gas leasing or permitting or coal leasing unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted by Congress.
“The executive actions from the Biden Administration banning new leasing and permitting on federal land endanger our economy and threaten our national security. The legislation I am introducing today would safeguard against these damaging orders, and prevent the job loss, higher energy costs, and loss of revenue that promises to come with them. These bills will defend the interests of the people of Wyoming and our nation, and I will work with partners in Washington to push for their consideration,” said Cheney.
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon praised Congresswoman Cheney for taking such action. “I commend Congresswoman Cheney for her continued leadership to protect the people of Wyoming. The introduction of the Safeguarding Oil and Gas Leasing and Permitting Act, along with similar legislation for coal, underscores her support of Wyoming. The leasing moratorium announced by the Biden administration today shows that traditional Wyoming energy industries are being targeted by climate-only activists. By sponsoring these bills, Cheney shows that Congress needs to participate in these brash, unilateral DC-based actions,” said Gordon.
“Oil and gas industries across the West are hit hard by the Biden administration’s executive action– eight Western states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) could lose $8 billion in GDP and over $2 billion in tax revenue per year. This is a bipartisan issue. I thank Congresswoman Cheney for taking it on,” continued Gordon.
Pete Obermueller, President of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming expressed his dissatisfaction with the Safeguarding Oil and Gas Leasing and Permitting Act.
“Wyomingites know that a government closest to the people leads to better results. Representative Cheney’s ‘Safeguarding Oil and Gas Leasing and Permitting Act’ will require any actions proposed by extremists within the Biden Administration to gut America’s multiple-use mandate be approved by Congress. The Petroleum Association of Wyoming applauds Congresswoman Cheney’s common-sense bill that will give voice to those elected offices with a constitutional responsibility to represent the people and lands affected by these misguided attempts to wreak havoc on economies across the West,” said Obermueller.
Additionally, Sen.Lummis of Wyoming and a quarter of the Senate introduced a bill to block the Biden energy ban.
“Since 2000, the U.S. has had the largest absolute decline in emissions of any country. We did this while at the same time rising to become the world’s top energy producer. The Biden Ban will push development from federal lands to other countries without the same environmental standards or requirements. Additionally, our energy development on public lands helps to fund conservation efforts, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund, to the tune of billions of dollars. No new leases means no new dollars for outdoor recreation and conservation,” said Lummis.