Western Caucus Members Condemn Biden’s Expansion of Oil & Gas Moratorium

January 27, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Members of the Congressional Western Caucus released the following statements in opposition to President Biden’s expansion of the moratorium on oil and gas leases for federal lands and waters.

The moratorium imposed by Executive Order just days after President Biden took office will negatively impact the economies, jobs, and local communities of rural America while threatening America’s energy security.

Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD): : "This pandemic has taught us a lot about our supply chains. Our trading partners are critical, but being dependent on foreign oil puts us in a weaker position. It’s possible for America to be energy independent and we should continue efforts that promote that goal rather than destroy it.”

Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-WA): “Our nation’s energy independence is literally fueled by leasing and drilling permits. President Biden’s unilateral decision to extend the moratorium on oil and gas leases is misguided and ill-informed. This decision is a direct attack on the hardworking men and women who rely on these good-paying jobs, local economies, and rural communities that rely on the revenue from these leases. Worse, it puts American energy security in jeopardy. It didn’t take long for President Biden to bend to the pressures of far-left environmentalists rather than embrace an all-of-the above energy policy that has proven to work.”