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Republican bill seeks to block Biden's federal lands oil leasing halt

CommoditiesJan 28, 2021 05:40PM ET
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(Reuters) - Republican senators from oil-producing states introduced legislation on Thursday that would block the Biden administration's order pausing new oil and gas leasing on federal lands.

The bill, introduced by Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and 24 other senators, would require congressional approval for any suspension of fossil-fuel leasing or permitting on public lands and waters.

"Federal lands and water don’t belong to President Biden; they belong to the people of the United States," Cassidy said in a statement.

"This bill installs needed safeguards to ensure that no president can unilaterally pull the plug on American energy production and put thousands out of work the way this president is trying to do.”

An official from the Interior Department, which oversees federal lands and waters, would not comment.

Introduction of the bill, dubbed the Protecting our Wealth of Energy Resources (POWER) Act of 2021, came a day after Democratic President Joe Biden paused new oil and gas leases on federal land as part of an ambitious climate change agenda. His Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, had sought to maximize oil and gas production on federal lands and waters.

The other senators introducing the bill represent Wyoming, Tennessee, Arkansas, West Virginia, Texas, North Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Utah, Kansas, Alaska, Pennsylvania, and Alabama.

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Republican bill seeks to block Biden's federal lands oil leasing halt
 

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David David
David9 Jan 31, 2021 9:56PM ET
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This bill isn't going anywhere... Republicans doesn't control anything now...
Marci Bailey
Marci Bailey Jan 29, 2021 2:32PM ET
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Greedy corporations are going to ****us all! Why, oh why, are we subsidizing them?????
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Veronika La Jan 28, 2021 7:20PM ET
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oh so when trump tried to maximize oil production with power of a president, that was alright and these greedy senators didnt protest. but when new presidet tries to introduce opposite steps, suddenly they're complaining the land and water doesnt belong him. what a bunch of hypocrites
Scott Oelkers
Scott Oelkers Jan 28, 2021 7:20PM ET
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Federal land belings to all citizens. Water belongs to whomever owns the water rights.
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Big oil has already said they have a stockpile of federal leases and plenty of other options so future production isn't affected and will shift worker appropriately.
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BOB MM Jan 28, 2021 5:39PM ET
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congratulations to big oil! enjoy the current price, good opportunity to make huge money!
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BOB MM I already have.
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Matt Terry Jan 28, 2021 3:57PM ET
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so GOP thinks there will be jobs when the planet is killed?
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Joe Ebright Jan 28, 2021 3:57PM ET
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and the planet is dying when? lmao...
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Joe Ebright Jan 28, 2021 3:57PM ET
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and the planet is dying when? ...
Veronika La
Veronika La Jan 28, 2021 3:57PM ET
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already right now just because you are incapable of getting it, doesnt mean, it's not happening
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DOA.
 
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