DENVER – Western Energy Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma will testify at a hearing entitled “Promoting American Energy Security by Facilitating Investments and Innovation in Climate Solutions”
before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Sgamma will discuss the strategic advantages provided by America’s abundance of oil and natural gas as well as the threats to energy security posed by overreaching climate regulations. The hearing will take place Wednesday, March 23rd at 10:00 a.m. ET and is available on the committee’s website.
“When Russian tanks rolled across the border of Ukraine, the realities of energy as a fundamental component of international security became crystal clear. The dependence of Europe on Russian oil and natural gas has created instability and constrained the response from the United States and the West,” said Sgamma. “Sanctions that squeeze Russian energy sources have meant even higher energy prices in Europe. Luckily, the United States is the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world. We are ramping up production in response to high commodity prices to help bring those prices down while providing Europe with clean, reliable sources of energy.
Alliance President to Testify on Impacts of Biden’s Energy Policies in Joint Forum by House Republicans
DENVER – Western Energy Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma will testify at a joint forum hosted by the Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, and House Select Committee on Climate on the impacts of President Biden’s energy policies and the current energy crisis. Sgamma’s testimony will focus on the regulatory and economic complexities around the 9,000 oil and natural gas drilling permits the White House has recently pointed out as it attempts to shift the blame from its policies. The forum will take place on Friday, March 18th at 10:00 a.m. ET and can be watched online.
“From the beginning of the Biden Administration continuing until today, the attitude toward American oil and natural gas has been one of hostility,” said Sgamma. “The president has stated repeatedly that U.S. production must come to an end because of climate change, even though increased natural gas electricity generation is the primary reason the United States has reduced more greenhouse gas emissions than any other country since 2005 and American emissions are dwarfed by increasing emissions from China.
DENVER -- Western Energy Alliance today submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of the Interior regarding the Biden Administration’s America the Beautiful plan to preserve 30 percent of all land across the country by 2030. Since nearly 40 percent of American lands are already considered protected areas, the Alliance urges the department to count multiple-use public lands towards the conservation goal in the America the Beautiful Initiative.
“For the past century, public land managers have struck a balance between developing our country’s abundant natural resources while protecting our iconic landscapes. As a result, we’ve benefited economically and strategically at the same time we’ve preserved our natural beauty and environment,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Alliance. “However, the Biden Administration is working to upset that balance by pursuing policies to restrict working landscapes and close off more of our country. The Alliance supports balanced conservation of public lands, but the administration is on a preservation-only path that would put considerable energy and mineral resources off-limits, making us more dependent on unfriendly nations like Russia and China.