Western Caucus Members Participate In Natural Resources Hearing On BOEM Offshore Leasing Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources hosted a hearing on the Biden Administration’s unprecedented obstruction of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) offshore leasing program. Congressional Western Caucus Vice Chairs Pete Stauber (MN-08) and Tom Tiffany (WI-07) along with House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) participated.

“As the Biden Administration wages an all-out war on American energy, millions of families across the country are struggling to fill up their gas tanks and make ends meet. Sadly, rather than heeding the call to unleash our vast energy potential, this Administration has once again sided with radical climate activists over American families by introducing the smallest five-year offshore leasing plan in program history,” said Vice Chair Pete Stauber (MN-08). “This decision was a slap in the face to every hardworking American who will be forced to pay the price. Time and time again, this Administration has opted to rely on adversaries overseas for oil and gas, rather than develop our own domestic energy resources. As the Chairman of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, I know that energy independence is the foundation of a healthy economy, so I will continue to fight to unleash America’s full energy potential and push back on this Administration’s attacks on gas and oil.”

“This plan is nothing short of sabotage to our Nation’s energy security, it’s not just negligence, it’s a calculated move that strikes at the heart of American competitiveness and opportunity and seeks to undermine our prosperity and seed global dominance to our adversaries,” said Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Bruce Westerman (AR-04). “Our energy economy is dictated and micromanaged by D.C. bureaucrats focused only on shutting down domestic production.”

“When you have Iran that is producing more oil as a result of us not producing it and turning it into bombs, you know we have to consider foreign policy also with issues like this and they’re turning it into weaponry that is destabilizing the Middle East as we speak, funding Hamas, funding Hezbollah, we see what is happening as a result of managed decline right here in the United States of America,” said Vice Chair Tom Tiffany (WI-07). “We’re declining on the world stage, our economic well-being is in decline and it’s directly tied to having affordable energy, when we have low energy prices in America, we have prosperity.”

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