Republican politicians criticize the decision of the Biden government to increase the license fees for oil and gas leases on the state.
the Home Office released the long-awaited report on Friday, an order from President Biden when he first took office as he paused state oil and gas leases, citing climate change concerns.
“Amid rising energy prices, the Biden administration is proposing to increase the cost of generating power even further,” said Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., In a tweet Friday. “This administration is exacerbating the problem at the expense of American families in order to advance their radical green agenda.”
Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, condemned the order in a tweet Friday as “ISANE escalating the Biden government’s war on American energy.”
“At a time when supply chains are collapsing and inflation soaring, Biden indulges in a green fringe ideology that will raise energy prices and keep all goods further out of reach,” he wrote.
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Rep. Greg Murphy, RN.C., said the move exposes the US to a “serious national security risk.”
“Delusional @POTUS and its anti-American government have put this nation at serious security risk by forcing us to become energy dependent. Our oil reserves are not approval ratings for EMERGENCIES, ”he said in a Friday tweet.
The Interior Ministry’s report called for royalties on such public land leases – which the agency said had not increased in 100 years – but it was not recommended to end them entirely, as environmental activists have called for.
A press release from the Interior Ministry on Friday said the report found “significant shortcomings in” oil and gas leasing program “and called for” significant reforms that should be implemented to ensure the programs provide taxpayers with an adequate return, discourage speculation, blame operators for remediation and communities, and tribal, state and local governments more fully include “make decision.”
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“Our nation is facing a profound one Climate crisis that affects every American, “said Home Secretary Deb Haaland in a statement.” The Home Office has an obligation to responsibly manage our public land and waters – provide taxpayers with a fair return and mitigate the deteriorating climate impact – all at the same time steadfast in the pursuit of environmental justice. “
The Interior Ministry also wants binding rates hike for companies involved in the contracts, arguing that levels have not been raised in 50 years.
Meanwhile, climate activists are angry with the report, saying the recommendations don’t go and pop far enough Biden because they failed to keep an election promise to completely end new state oil and gas leases.
The oil and gas lease rate hike came after President Biden announced Tuesday that he would “release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower gas and oil prices for Americans,” which was also criticized Some Republican politicians say the move will make the US more reliant on foreign oil as the US moves away from its own oil production under Biden in his administration’s efforts to combat climate change.
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House GOP Chairman Kevin McCarthy said the decision to tap into the strategic petroleum reserve is in addition to the president’s earlier orders to abandon construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and waive sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream II pipeline, put “America last”.
“Dear Mr. President: Let’s produce our own energy and create jobs right here at home. Stop putting America last, ”he said.
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The Department of Labor reported earlier this month that the consumer price index (CPI) was up 6.2% in October year over year. The increase marked the largest annual increase since November 1990. Prices rose 0.9% month on month.
Energy prices rose 4.8% last month and 30% last year. The October surge was largely the result of a 6.1% increase in gasoline costs.
Breck Dumas and Jonathan Garber of FOX Business contributed to this report.