A leaked “energy security” memo prompted the Republican leaders of two key House committees to launch an investigation into the Biden administration’s management of fossil fuel leasing practices.
In a letter, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bruce Westerman informed Interior Department official Laura Daniel-Davis of an investigation. The correspondence criticized the DOI’s delays in issuing oil and gas leases, as well as Daniel-Davis’ recent memorandum placing climate concerns above energy security. There were seventeen House Republicans who signed the letter.
“The Biden Administration has obstructed America’s energy producers in an effort to force a radical Green New Deal agenda on the American people,” Comer told Fox News in a statement. “The Democrats’ ongoing war against America’s oil and gas industry has only driven energy prices higher and families across the country are paying the price.”
“Instead of pushing the Administration’s climate agenda, the Department of the Interior should be prioritizing economic development and American energy security,” Comer noted further, according to the network’s report. “Congress must ensure DOI is fulfilling their responsibility to advance policies that unleash American energy production and strengthen an industry that provides good-paying job opportunities.”
Amanda Lefton, the former director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), wrote a memo in late November recommending that the Department of the Interior charge energy companies the maximum legal royalty rate of 18.75% for a large oil and gas lease sale in Alaska.
However, she acknowledged in the memo that a reduced rate would likely “offer greater energy security,” but would not accurately account for climate change.
Soon after the confidential memo was sent, Daniel-Davis publicly endorsed Lefton’s proposal without mentioning its effect on energy security.
The Department of the Interior held a lease sale for nearly one million acres at the end of December, attracting a solitary bid of $63,983 for a 2,304-acre parcel.
“The memo and your actions in this matter illustrate the pressing need for oversight of DOI’s permitting review processes and the Biden Administration’s prioritization of its climate agenda above states’ revenue streams, economic development, and the energy security of all Americans,” the Republicans wrote in their letter to Daniel-Davis.
“The internal deliberations at BOEM to brazenly elevate President Biden’s radical eco-agenda ahead of common-sense policies call for greater congressional oversight of DOI and BOEM,” the GOP lawmakers added.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, introduced Articles of Impeachment against President Biden last week.
“It is with the highest amount of solemnity that I announce my intention to introduce articles of impeachment today on the head of this America-last executive branch, that has been working since Jan. 20, 2021, to systematically destroy this country, the president of the United States, Joseph Robinette Biden,” she said.
A growing number of American voters believe that Vice President Joe Biden is not the one making decisions on behalf of his administration, which is problematic for the nation.
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