West Texas representatives condemn Biden’s federal land drilling ban

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Oil Rig in West Texas (Nexstar Photo/Maggie Glynn)

WASHINGTON D.C. (Nexstar) – President Joe Biden signed a raft of executive orders, including pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land and cutting fossil fuels subsidies.

In his first week as President, Biden has moved swiftly to pursue green policies.

Congressman Tony Gonzales has since condemned Biden’s ban on drilling, saying ‘the administration’s top priority is killing energy jobs.’

“President Biden is actively destroying oil and gas jobs right in front of our eyes,” said Gonzales in a statement. “First, he halted the Keystone Pipeline and now he is stopping drilling on federal lands. I’m failing to see how he will unify the country when the administration’s top priority is killing energy jobs.”

Congressman August Pfluger also condemned the move saying the administration’s action is ‘disatrous and indicative of misplaced priorities.’

“This gross executive overreach threatens national security by returning our country to its heavy dependency on unstable foreign oil, will increase daily costs for all Americans, and completely obliterate millions of jobs,” said Pfluger in a statement. “Energy security is national security, and this is the absolute wrong move.”

Senator John Cornyn also condemns the orders saying the “executive orders should be addressed in Congress with bipartisan legislation.”

“At a time when our energy industry is already suffering as a result of the pandemic, the project [the Keystone XL Pipeline] would have led to a positive cascading economic impact. Good-paying jobs, taxing revenues and economic benefits to local communities will evaporate because of this move,” Cornyn said in a statement.

Additionally, President Biden kept his pledge and rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement.

It’s a move Plfuger has been fighting against, saying “the Paris Climate Agreement does nothing to save or clean up the planet.”

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