DENVER – Western Energy Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma will testify at a hearing on inflation and high energy prices organized by Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05). The hearing will take place Tuesday, June 21st at 3:00 p.m. ET at the Heritage Foundation and is available online.
“Since day one, President Biden has pursued a climate change agenda meant to constrain American oil and natural gas production and consumption. Starting with the cancelation of the Keystone XL pipeline followed a week later by the leasing ban, the president was intent on restricting American oil and natural gas. On federal lands and waters where the federal government has the most control, he has pledged eliminating it altogether,” said Sgamma. “The president could help ease inflation by backing off these policies and even encouraging American production. However, we have seen few meaningful signs, other than rhetorical, that a reversal is in the cards.
DENVER – Western Energy Alliance today submitted public comments to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the proposed climate change disclosure rule designed to deny oil and natural gas companies access to capital and credit. The trade group detailed the agency’s lack of statutory authority, expansion of mission from protecting investors to regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and intent to increase the cost of energy.
Western Energy Alliance in Federal Court Friday Challenging the Biden Administration’s Failure to Hold Quarterly Lease Sales
DENVER – Western Energy Alliance will appear in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming on Friday morning in its lawsuit challenging the Department of the Interior’s failure to hold quarterly onshore oil and natural gas lease sales. The suit, Western Energy Alliance v Biden, was filed in January 2021 after President Biden signed the Executive Order on Climate Change (#14008) that banned lease sales. While lease sales have been scheduled for June, there are no plans to resume regular quarterly sales afterwards, a clear violation of the Mineral Leasing Act.
DENVER -- Western Energy Alliance today submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Interior regarding the Biden Administration’s withdrawal of a 10-mile zone around the Chaco Culture National Historical Park from oil and natural gas leasing and development for a 20-year period. The Alliance urged the department to accept the compromise agreement from the Navajo Nation for a smaller 5-mile buffer zone in order to protect the park while allowing tribal members to benefit from their energy resources.
“The Biden Administration is moving forward with a policy that poses a significant risk to the local economy and the livelihoods of thousands of Navajo mineral owners while ignoring a compromise 5-mile buffer from the Navajo Nation,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Alliance. “The administration should not ignore the will of the tribe, which proposed and voted overwhelmingly for the compromise solution. Depriving Navajo families of a major source of income is not only an environmental injustice, but also contrary to basic principles of tribal consultation.”
DENVER – Western Energy Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma will testify at a hearing entitled “Child Care and Other Policy Tools to Combat Bottlenecks and Inflation” before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy. Sgamma will discuss the need for the president to reverse course to enable American producers to increase supply and bring down energy prices. The hearing will take place Tuesday, April 26th at 2:30 p.m. ET and is available on the committee’s website.
“Climate change policies meant to make energy prices ‘necessarily skyrocket’ achieved their intentions. Energy prices started to rise last year, and the administration started to really feel the heat last summer. The first reaction was to ask Russia and OPEC to increase their production in June. The policies meant to overregulate American oil and natural gas production continued,” said Sgamma. “When Russia and OPEC failed to heed that request, we in the American oil and natural gas industry made the case that we would be happy to increase production, but for policies specifically designed to prevent us from doing so. Still the policies continued.