U.S. Chamber Global Energy Institute Statement on Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Suspension

Friday, January 22, 2021 - 10:45am

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  In response to the Biden Administration’s announcement that the Department of Interior will suspend any oil and natural gas authorizations on federal lands and waters for 60 days, Global Energy Institute President Marty Durbin made the following statement:

“There is never a good time to disrupt domestic energy production, but doing so at a time when our nation is in need of economic recovery is especially counter-productive and short-sighted. Halting production won’t halt demand for the energy we need and the products we depend on. The U.S. oil and gas industry is the world’s leader in production and environmental stewardship, and now is not the time to increase our dependence on foreign sources. It also is not the time to harm American workers and consumers.”