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A Ban on Leasing and Development on Federal Lands and Waters Would Threaten Energy Security, Jobs, and Environmental Progress

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Statement from the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association's vice president, Lori LeBlanc (1:10)

(LEBLANC):
"LOUISIANA'S OIL- AND NATURAL-GAS-INDUSTRY HAS A LONG HISTORY OF DRIVING OUR 'GULF COAST'-ECONOMIES, AND PROVIDING ENERGY-SECURITY FOR AMERICA.  A BAN ON FEDERAL LEASING AND OFFSHORE DEVELOPMENT WOULD HAVE DEVASTATING IMPACTS ON THE LIVELIHOODS OF THOUSANDS OF LOUISIANA-FAMILIES--AND ON THE COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON OUR INDUSTRY'S TAX-REVENUES FOR CRITICAL OPERATING-RESOURCES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, AND FOR THE PROTECTION AND RESILIENCY OF OUR COAST.  OUR NEW ANALYSIS FINDS THAT LOUISIANA COULD END UP LOSING 48-THOUSAND JOBS, BY 2022--ALONG WITH 95-MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE-SHARING.  NOT TO MENTION THAT A BAN ON LEASING AND DEVELOPMENT WOULD ALSO HAVE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES, NATIONWIDE.  IN FACT, AMERICA'S 'GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT' WOULD FALL BY A CUMULATIVE 700-BILLION DOLLARS, THROUGH 2030.  AND, A BAN WOULD SHIFT THE U-S BACK TO RELIANCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY-SOURCES--COSTING NEARLY ONE-MILLION AMERICAN JOBS.  SO, AT A TIME WHEN OUR STATE NEEDS REVENUE THE MOST--IN THE WAKE OF 'HURRICANE LAURA'--BANNING LEASING IN FEDERAL WATERS IS A BACKWARD POLICY."

Statement from the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association's executive director, Ryan Flynn (1:19)

(FLYNN):
"WITH NEARLY 40-PERCENT OF NEW MEXICO'S ENTIRE BUDGET FUNDED BY NATURAL-GAS- AND OIL-PRODUCTION, SOME CAMPAIGN-TRAIL PROPOSALS COULD THREATEN FUNDING FOR EDUCATION AND THE STATE'S WAY-OF-LIFE.  OUR NEW ANALYSIS FINDS THAT RESTRICTING OIL- AND GAS-DEVELOPMENT ON FEDERAL LANDS WILL ROB NEW MEXICO OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES--AND HOLLOW OUR SCHOOLS OF CRITICAL RESOURCES THAT PUT TEACHERS IN CLASSROOMS, AND HELP OUR YOUNG CHILDREN LEARN.  THE STATE COULD END UP LOSING 62-THOUSAND JOBS, BY 2022--ALONG WITH OVER A BILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE-SHARING.  NEW MEXICANS HAVE ENJOYED ECONOMIC SUCCESS, IN RECENT YEARS, BECAUSE OF INVESTMENTS AND RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT ON FEDERALLY MANAGED LANDS.  BUT, REVERSING COURSE NOW WILL ENSURE THAT JOBS AND CAPITAL STOP AT OUR STATE-BORDER.  A BAN WOULD ALSO DEVASTATE AMERICA'S 'GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT'--SUBTRACTING A CUMULATIVE 700-BILLION DOLLARS, THROUGH 2030.  AND, A BAN WOULD SHIFT THE U-S BACK TO RELIANCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY-SOURCES--COSTING NEARLY ONE-MILLION AMERICAN JOBS.  WITH VAST STRETCHES OF PUBLIC LAND, IT IS SIMPLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DIVORCE OUR ECONOMIC SUCCESS FROM LAND-MANAGEMENT POLICY, IN WESTERN STATES LIKE NEW MEXICO.  AND, FUNDING FOR EDUCATION, ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE, AND NEW INFRASTRUCTURE ARE ALL ON THE LINE, AS A RESULT."

Statement from the Texas Oil & Gas Association's president, Todd Staples (1:11)

(STAPLES):
"AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE ENERGY IS ESSENTIAL TO A STRONG AMERICA.  PROPOSALS MADE ON THE CAMPAIGN-TRAIL TO BAN ENERGY-DEVELOPMENT ON FEDERAL LANDS, AND IN OFFSHORE WATERS, WOULD NOT ONLY ELIMINATE THOUSANDS OF THE BEST-PAYING JOBS IN THE NATION--BUT WOULD ALSO NEEDLESSLY ERASE MUCH-NEEDED REVENUE THAT HELPS PAY FOR SCHOOLS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL SERVICES.  IF A BAN ON FEDERAL LEASING AND DEVELOPMENT WERE TO TAKE EFFECT, OUR NEW ANALYSIS FINDS THAT TEXAS COULD LOSE 120-THOUSAND JOBS, BY 2022--AND 65-MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE-SHARING, EACH YEAR.  NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO ENACT POLICIES THAT WILL HAMPER THE 'TEXAS RECOVERY'.  A BAN ON LEASING AND DEVELOPMENT WOULD ALSO HAVE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES, NATIONWIDE:  AMERICA'S 'GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT' WOULD FALL BY A CUMULATIVE 700-BILLION DOLLARS, THROUGH 2030.  A BAN WOULD ALSO SHIFT THE U-S BACK TO RELIANCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY-SOURCES--COSTING NEARLY ONE-MILLION AMERICAN JOBS.  AMERICAN OIL AND NATURAL GAS IS CLEANER, STRONGER, AND BETTER--AND MAKES OUR COMMUNITIES CLEANER, STRONGER, AND BETTER.  THESE MISGUIDED POLICIES WILL ONLY STIFLE AMERICA'S ENERGY- AND ECONOMIC-PROGRESS."

Statement from the Petroleum Association of Wyoming's president, Pete Obermueller (1:06)

(OBERMUELLER):
"THERE'S FAR TOO MUCH AT STAKE FOR WYOMING'S PEOPLE--AND OUR NATION'S ENERGY-SECURITY--TO PUSH CAMPAIGN-TRAIL PROPOSALS THAT, IF ENACTED, WOULD BRING AN END TO OIL- AND GAS-DEVELOPMENT ON FEDERAL LANDS:  HALF OF WYOMING'S LAND--AND THREE-QUARTERS OF THE MINERALS--ARE OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.  SO, A BAN ON FEDERAL LEASING AND DEVELOPMENT WOULD DECIMATE THE NATURAL-GAS- AND OIL-INDUSTRY--AND THE STATE'S ECONOMY, RIGHT ALONG WITH IT.  OUR NEW ANALYSIS FINDS THAT WYOMING COULD END UP LOSING 33-THOUSAND JOBS--ALONG WITH 640-MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE-SHARING THAT WE RELY UPON.  SUCH A POLICY WOULD DAMAGE NATIONAL SECURITY--AND [WOULD] DEVASTATE WYOMING'S MIDDLE CLASS, OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, AND OUR PUBLIC-SCHOOL SYSTEM.  A BAN ON LEASING AND DEVELOPMENT WOULD ALSO HAVE DIRE NATIONWIDE-CONSEQUENCES:  THE U-S WOULD END UP SPENDING HALF-A-TRILLION DOLLARS MORE ON ENERGY FROM FOREIGN SUPPLIERS.  AND, AMERICA'S 'GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT' WOULD FALL BY A CUMULATIVE 700-BILLION DOLLARS, THROUGH 2030.  THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE LOOKING TO RESTART AND CONTINUE AMERICA'S 'ENERGY RENAISSANCE'--NOT INFLICTING FURTHER HARM ON AMERICAN WORKERS."



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