The Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) has announced support for a bipartisan bill to support oil and gas development.
CEA federal affairs advisor Michael Zehr released a statement applauding the More Energy, More Jobs Act, introduced by U.S. Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Tx.) and Henry Cuellar (D-Tx.), which would allow U.S. governors to nominate land for offshore oil and gas development off their coasts and help ensure that continued lease sales occur in the Gulf of Mexico region by requiring two lease sales in existing areas of the Gulf of Mexico.
“Thank you to the bill sponsors for introducing bipartisan legislation that will ensure lease sales and offshore energy development occur in the limited areas of the Gulf of Mexico where production is already happening,” Zehr said. “This legislation will also help safeguard the primary source of funding for conservation, coastal restoration, and parks maintenance included in the Great American Outdoors Act passed last year.”
Zehr added that the proposed legislation would provide clarity for the energy industry, amid President Joe Biden’s actions to temporarily halt oil and gas leases.
“Given the Biden Administration’s current pause on oil and gas leasing and the lack of a clear timetable when the pause will be lifted, this legislation is necessary to provide stability to both the industry that responsibly and efficiently produces oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico and consumers who rely upon it,” Zehr said. “This focused, bipartisan legislation will simply allow for continued development to take place in one of the most regulated and least carbon-intensive basins in the world, all while protecting hundreds of thousands of jobs and providing billions of dollars for conservation.”
The CEA has long supported all forms of energy development, from oil and gas to renewables and nuclear power, Zehr said.
“Consumers benefit from a diverse, competitive and ever evolving energy mix,” he added. “We look forward to working with Congress to improve laws, rules and regulations that will support more energy and more jobs, all while protecting our environment. The More Energy, More Jobs Act is a clear win-win for our economy and our environment, and we urge its swift passage this Congress.”
The CEA is the leading voice for sensible energy and environmental policies for consumers, bringing together families, farmers, small businesses, distributors, producers and manufacturers to support America’s environmentally sustainable energy future. With more than 550,000 members nationwide, the association is committed to leading the nation’s dialogue around energy and the environment, its critical role in the economy and how it supports the vital supply chains for the families and businesses that depend on them. CEA works daily to encourage communities across the nation to seek sensible, realistic and environmentally responsible solutions to meet our nation’s energy needs.