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A group of Republican senators is asking for the Biden administration to explain its recent revision of the number of unused fossil fuel permits, a correction the administration blamed on a “reporting discrepancy.”
The group was led by Senator Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma and was joined by Senators Ted Cruz (R, Texas), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and James Risch (R-Idaho). They penned a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Tracy Stone Manning and demanded more information about the error. The lawmakers made sure to note that the false future has been used by the White House to justify decreased oil and gas leasing.
“The Biden administration has been gas-lighting our domestic energy producers for the past two years. Now that the truth has come to light, Biden officials are quietly walking back their false statements hoping no one will take notice,” Mullin told Fox News Digital.
“I’m leading my Senate colleagues in demanding answers on BLM’s inaccurate reporting that led to these false claims. BLM should do all it can to ensure the energy industry and the American public this will not happen again,” the Oklahoma lawmaker continued. “To make matters worse, this administration used its faulty statistics to justify its refusal to comply with timely onshore and offshore federal oil and gas lease sales.”
Fox News shared:
In late February, the BLM quietly corrected the current number of approved but unused applications for permits to drill from about 9,000 down to less than 6,700. When asked about the change, which wasn’t accompanied by a formal announcement or press release, a BLM spokesperson told Fox News Digital at the time that the figure was updated “to account for a reporting discrepancy resulting from a transition to a new database in mid-2020.”
A Biden administration official then defended the correction, saying oil companies still have thousands of permits to drill on and have reported record profits over the last year.
However, President Biden, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, former press secretary Jen Psaki, spokesperson John Kirby, and other White House officials repeatedly cited the figure over the last 12 months amid the global energy crisis and criticism over the administration’s approach to federal oil and gas leasing.
One thing I want to say about the oil companies: They talk about how we have — they have 9,000 permits to drill,” Biden said last June.
“They’re not drilling. Why aren’t they drilling?”
“There are over 9,000 onshore drilling permits that are sitting unused,” Granholm said during a speech in March 2022.
“We all know that’s the same old D.C. BS.”
The Biden administration pointed to the inaccurate figure at least 20 times in the last year.
“Meanwhile, skyrocketing energy and inflation costs are crippling hard-working Americans and their families. Actions speak louder than words,” said Mullin.
“Our producers can’t do their jobs when they face roadblocks from this administration at every turn.”
“Global energy demands are increasing, and someone must rise to meet them. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be us.”
The BLM has not responded to anyone for comment on the letter.
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