Top Republican says Biden oil and gas leasing pause has already stopped investment
WESTERMAN ON LEASING PAUSE: Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas, the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee, argues the Biden administration’s pause on oil and gas lease sales, now in its sixth month, has already had its intended effect, even if leasing resumes soon.
“Their objective is to create uncertainty, which is just as good as saying we aren't leasing anymore,” Westerman told me in an interview. “If they stop capital investment in these projects, they are accomplishing the same thing to say no more leases.”
Westerman’s argument comes as the Interior...