Rep. Guest, colleagues call for increase in American oil production

Published 10:38 am Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) has joined 20 Republican colleagues in a letter to President Biden outlining the importance of increasing domestic oil production and providing actionable items the administration can take that would help decrease American reliance on overseas production.

“As Europe contends with the consequences of their dependence on Russia for reliable energy, it is evident that America’s vast energy resources are a vital and strategic asset in countering Russia’s aggression. As you implore oil and gas producers around the world to increase production, it is imperative that you publicly and unambiguously show support for U.S. oil and natural gas production and exportation,” the letter states.

“This demands more than just a change in your Administration’s rhetoric. It will require a reversal in your Administration’s legislative, regulatory, and environmental agendas which have punitively targeted oil and gas producers without scientific justification or meaningful sanctions on unregulated oil and gas producers throughout the world. In fact, you continue to allow uninhibited and nefarious international actors to expand their carbon footprint and unregulated energy production while handicapping cleaner and safer energy production at home.”

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The letter calls on the Biden Administration to take five actions to increase American oil production:

  1. Abandon the Legislative Assault on U.S. Energy Production
  2. Provide Clarity on Oil and Natural Gas Leasing
  3. Permit Energy Infrastructure Expansion
  4. End Unnecessary and Bureaucratic Regulation
  5. Approve and Expedite Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Read the complete letter here.