A group of GOP senators plan to introduce a bill to black President Biden’s unilateral ban on energy leasing on federal lands. The charge is being led by Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis and Idaho Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo who have crafted the Protecting our Wealth of Energy Resources (POWER) Act. The POWER Act will prohibit the president from going around Congress.
Read Sen Risch’s statement on the POWER Act:
“The Biden administration’s move to ban mineral and energy leasing on federal lands is not only inconsistent with the multiple use mandate enshrined in law, but also raises our energy costs and endangers American energy and technology independence,” said Risch. “We have learned all too well over the last year the national security risks posed by not having control over critical supply chains. Now is the time to develop our resources here at home, not diminish them.”
“Energy and mineral development on federal lands provides affordable electricity to homes across America, and any effort to curtail production would threaten our nation’s energy independence and greatly reduce funding for federal conservation efforts,” said Crapo. “Idaho is home to vast mineral resources, including gold, silver, zinc, and phosphate, which provide high-paying, quality jobs across the state. Senator Lummis’ legislation ensures Idaho’s mineral resources can continue to be responsibly developed in accordance with federal law.”
“The Biden Ban would be nothing short of catastrophic for western states that are already reeling from the decline in energy usage brought on by the pandemic and continued volatility in energy markets,” said Lummis. “It’s a one-two punch that means disaster for energy jobs, families and communities. Through the POWER Act, Congress would reiterate that federal lands should serve not the whims of a radical progressive minority, but the needs of all Americans.”
Biden’s block on energy leasing was one of his 40 executive orders he has signed since being sworn into office. Since taking office Biden has set the record for the most executive orders signed in his first week in office.