Home GOP goals to tie oil reserve gross sales to public land drilling

Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., stated she’s going to supply an modification to ban drilling off the coast of Florida.

The invoice stands little likelihood of passing within the Democrat-controlled Senate, however the Biden administration nonetheless voiced its sturdy opposition to the invoice. Vitality Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm attended a White Home press briefing on Monday to each defend Biden’s determination to faucet the strategic reserve final 12 months and reiterate her opposition to the invoice, which she stated would “impose pointless, unhelpful restrictions on when the SPR can be utilized to assist present provide.”


“It will require these arbitrary reviews concerning vitality manufacturing on federal lands earlier than waiving any new restrictions,” Granholm stated. “It will not supply any tangible advantages to the American individuals. As an alternative, it could intervene with our skill to be aware of launch oil throughout a global emergency, serving to Putin’s struggle goals.”

The invoice is among the “ready-to-go” payments that Majority Chief Steve Scalise, R-La., introduced Home Republicans would prioritize upon taking the bulk. On Jan. 12, the Home handed, by a vote of 331-97, a invoice from Rodgers that might prohibit the sale of any petroleum merchandise from the SPR to “any entity that’s beneath the possession, management, or affect of the Chinese language Communist Get together.” On Tuesday, Senate Vitality and Pure Sources rating member John Barrasso, R-Wyo., launched companion laws.

Barrasso additionally launched a draft invoice that might bar nonemergency drawdowns of the SPR except the federal authorities affords plans to extend drilling on public lands, albeit with out the identical proportion necessities. 

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