AG Fitch joins 14-state coalition to stop Biden’s attack on energy jobs

Attorney General Lynn Fitch, along with 13 other attorneys general, filed a lawsuit today to block the Biden Harris Administration’s executive order, which violates the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA). US Senator Roger Wicker recently quoted pillar Regarding the energy measures of the Biden administration: “These offshore projects support 20,000 jobs in Mississippi.”

“President Biden’s attack on American energy puts our domestic energy supplies at risk, increases energy costs, threatens conservation and hurricane protection efforts, and locks thousands of Americans off the workforce.” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch. “My colleagues and I are pushing back on this presidential takeover to protect American jobs, protect our nation’s energy independence, and support economic growth.”

In January, President Biden issued Executive Order 14008, which imposed a moratorium on future leasing and drilling permits for oil and gas in federal states. The Biden Executive Order halted all oil and gas leases days after the Home Office stopped developing and exploring existing leases. Together, these actions make up the Biden Ban – an aggressive, reckless abuse of president’s power that threatens the livelihoods and national security of American families.

The lawsuit states: “The Outer Continental Shelf Act and the Minerals Leasing Act establish specific legal obligations that law enforcement agencies must promote the rapid and safe development of abundant energy. In accordance with these laws, the Home Office has for decades signed leases for the development of oil and natural gas on public land and offshore waters. “

These leases enable America to realize its full energy generating potential. For the states in particular, they also offer considerable advantages for the environment, as part of the leasing proceeds are invested in important state environmental protection and renovation projects. In fact, the federal government returns billions of dollars each year to states and environmental remediation projects from OCSLA and MLA lease proceeds for critical environmental restoration and conservation projects.

The Biden ban claims to protect the environment, but it is probably the largest divestment of revenue for environmental projects in American history. hurried to stop long-planned lease sales without considering whether the Biden prohibition corresponds to the law, the common good or the procedural requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act.

In addition to Mississippi, the following states have joined the lawsuit filed this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, West Virginia. The Wyoming Attorney General filed separately.

Press release

March 24, 2021

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