WASHINGTON — On Thursday, ahead of the comment deadline for the Interior Department’s proposed five-year program for offshore leasing, hundreds of thousands of stakeholders, community leaders, grassroots advocates and individual citizens called Interior to open up the offshore area to safe and environmentally friendly areas. American energy development. As geopolitical volatility continues to disrupt global energy markets and as U.S. consumers and our allies abroad increasingly look to domestic producers for energy security, these stakeholders and community leaders have spoken out in favor of a strong federal offshore leasing program that will allow US producers to respond to energy growth. Needs.
What they say :
Frank Macchiarola, senior vice president of policy, economics, and regulatory affairs at the American Petroleum Institute: “The solution to the growing energy crisis lies right here in the United States, and American policymakers should do everything in their power to produce more energy here in America. comprehensive energy policy that guarantees access to national resources, encourages investment opportunities, and enhances energy security, affordability and reliability A strong offshore leasing program would be an important step.
Cole Ramsey, Vice President of Upstream Policy at API: “The United States is now a world leader in energy production and emissions reduction, thanks to the innovation and vitality of the American oil and natural gas industry. The ability of U.S. producers to supply more oil and natural gas to the global market has also changed geopolitical dynamics for the better, leading to greater energy security for the United States and its allies, in addition to global environmental benefits. Given the current global circumstances, a strong offshore leasing program has rarely been more critical to our energy security.
Tommy Faucheux, president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association: “Leaving open the option to hold no future lease sales jeopardizes America’s energy security and undermines the ability of American producers to provide affordable and reliable energy to the American people.” Unnecessary shortcomings such as what we saw this year in long-range planning create uncertainty for small Louisiana communities that rely on power generation from the Gulf of Mexico. As geopolitical tensions rise and energy costs rise, it’s more important than ever that we have the right policies in place to support American-made energy produced here at home, creating operational certainty to drive the continued investment and innovation.
Marty Durbin, President of the US Chamber’s Global Energy Institute: “As analysts predict a return to high oil and natural gas prices this fall and winter, companies are bracing for even more pressure. While we recognize that policies supporting increased production will not solve our problems overnight, it will send important market signals that could help unlock investment, helping to avoid long-term supply shortages. term and high prices.”
Emily Haggstrom, Vice President of Communications and Creative Development at Consumer Energy Alliance: “It’s curious that the Biden administration, instead of appealing to American companies, has for months been offering OPEC+ a deal to buy 200 million barrels to fill the SPR if they don’t cut production. administration continues to look elsewhere when the solution has always been here at home.The Biden administration should consider leasing the Gulf of Mexico through the lens of many previous administrations – as the fastest way to increase the supply and provide Americans with the enormous economic value of affordable, reliable energy. This should be a no-brainer in economic, national security, and environmental terms – and we urge the Biden administration to seize this moment.”
Erik Milito, President of the National Association of Ocean Industries: “Energy prices remain stubbornly high, the global economic outlook is uncertain, and our allies need an alternative to energy produced in Russia, which emits more. Offshore leasing in the United States offers vast benefits to Americans from all walks of life. The diversity of individuals, companies, civic groups, elected officials and organizations submitting comments in support of strong domestic production speaks to how the U.S. offshore, and the Gulf of Mexico in particular, shines as a economical and energy source characterized by low carbon dioxide emissions. The benefits of America’s offshore are felt far beyond the Gulf Coast.
Tamara S. Maddox, regulatory and legal affairs manager at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association: “Alaska’s economy depends on sustainable energy production. The oil and gas industry accounts for a quarter of Alaska’s jobs, and Alaskans make up 84 percent of total primary business employment. The industry funds essential public services throughout Alaska and generates $19.4 billion for the state’s gross domestic product. Rather than enact counterproductive policies against oil and gas production, the administration must strengthen our energy security and maintain our role as a global energy leader by supporting domestic oil and gas production.
Sandy K. Baruah, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber: “Energy security and competitive pricing have continued to distinguish the United States as an economic superpower. As a center of manufacturing and emerging technologies, it is especially important to our region that the administration act to ensure access , affordability and reliability of energy in order to maintain our competitive advantage.”
Archie Chaisson, president of the Lafourche parish: “The news of a new five-year plan is exciting for us here in Louisiana and especially for Lafourche Parish. This is a big step towards becoming energy independent and taking care of our economies and the men and women who work in the energy industry every day. We produce cleaner oil and gas than anywhere else here in the Gulf of Mexico and it’s time to get back to work. Now is the time for the administration to act quickly and fully implement the plan with the 10 lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico.
Stephen Waguespack, president and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry: “The world needs secure and affordable energy and thankfully America has plenty of it. It’s time to put America back in the game and the perfect place to start is the Gulf of Mexico. We know that producers along the gulf coast provide nearly 15% of We need the administration and Congress to stop tying the hands of our domestic energy producers at a time when energy prices are rising and l “Inflation remains at historic levels. America has the tools and the resources, especially here in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast, to maintain our position as the world’s energy leader. It’s time to shift the American energy and empowering our energy makers to do what they do best.”
Louisiana Senate Majority Leader Sharon Hewitt: “With a predictable and robust offshore leasing program, energy companies will invest in the new technologies needed to develop our untapped reserves, thereby ensuring the long-term energy security of our country. Successful exploration projects off Louisiana will help reduce future gas prices for our citizens and provide critical funding to restore and protect Louisiana’s endangered coastline. We cannot afford to wait any longer.
Chett Chiasson, MPA, general manager at Port Fourchon: “The Grand Port Lafourche Commission welcomes BOEM’s proposal to carry out 11 lease transfers over the next 5 years and invites the Department of the Interior to finalize the proposal. The United States has been a leader in the development of offshore research, technology, manpower, and energy production. This industry provides the education and training base to support a variety of jobs in the energy sector, which helps maintain a quality of life in the United States. It is vitally important to maintain the certainty of continued investment in the offshore energy sector, the foundation of which is BOEM’s 5-year lease plan, which will not only meet the energy needs of every American, but will also provide a level of economic activity necessary for our country to continue to prosper.
Thomas Bracken, President and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce: “New Jersey businesses need access to oil and natural gas to keep our economy diversified. Oil and natural gas play an important role in everything from chemicals to pharmaceuticals to manufacturing, which are all important industries in our state. Limiting domestic production of these resources at this critical time is not what we need.”