Advancing Wyoming Energy Production


Wyoming has always been a national leader in domestic energy production, but Green New Deal regulations threaten to hamstring our producers and stifle economic growth in our communities. If left unchecked, we will once again experience the devastating effects of Obama-era regulations that crippled our economy, hurt every community in Wyoming, and put thousands of our neighbors out of work. The security of our state and nation relies on low-cost, sustainable, domestic energy production and Liz will ensure that Wyoming continues to lead the way.

Liz’s family’s involvement in the Wyoming energy industry reaches back a hundred years. Her great-grandfather began working in the Salt Creek Oil Fields in the early 20th century. Her grandmother and her siblings were raised there in a hard-sided tent on the edge of the oil fields. She has seen the cycles of boom and bust that have long characterized Wyoming’s energy economy. But today we are living through something altogether different – we are seeing an assault from Washington on our nation’s vital fossil fuels industry. With no regard for our economy, our security, or our livelihoods, the Biden/Harris Administration is determined to kill the fossil fuel industry at any cost.

Wyoming has always found ways to utilize its natural resources to provide for our communities.  Currently, our state is leading the way in the field of carbon capture technology.  This emerging technology will play an important role in domestic energy production, and Liz supports free market solutions that will help this industry innovate and grow.

 

What Liz Has Done:

Introduced legislation to protect Wyoming energy producers by amending the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) to permanently fix the federal royalty rate for surface coal and onshore oil and gas at 12.5%.

Cosponsored American Energy First Act, this legislation will expand domestic energy production on federal lands, streamline the federal permitting process, create well-paying jobs for American citizens, and lead to lower energy prices for consumers, all while generating billions of dollars for federal, state and local governments.

Supported all efforts to maintain the United States ability to mine uranium.

Introduced State Mineral Revenue Protection Act. This bill increases the percentage that states receive from sales, bonuses, royalties, and rentals for all public land or mineral deposits located in the states

Opposed Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act and all efforts by Democrats to limit or prevent Uranium extraction within the United States.

Opposed The Green New Deal and all similar pieces of legislation that obstructed or prevented fossil fuel development.

Introduced HR.520, the Safeguarding Coal Leasing Act, and H.R. 519, The Safeguarding Oil and Gas Leasing and Permitting Act, which would prohibit any moratorium on federal oil and gas leasing or permitting or coal leasing unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted by Congress.

Cosponsored legislation that prohibits the President from declaring a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing unless it is authorized by Congress; establishes the Congressional norm that states should maintain primacy for the regulation of hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas production on state and private land.

Signed onto a letter to Acting DOI Secretary Scott de la Vega asking for immediate rescission of Secretarial Order 3395 which temporarily removes the authority for BLM to conduct fossil fuel leasing and permitting.

Signed onto a letter to President Biden asking that the current 60-day federal leasing ban be rescinded. It also addresses rumors about the Biden Administration’s plans to impose a longer term moratorium on oil and gas leasing and lays out the many issues that will result from such an action.

Signed onto a letter to President Biden asking him to reconsider his actions attacking the American energy industry and prioritize policies that promote U.S. energy security and affordable reliable domestic energy sources.

Cosponsored the POWER Act, which prevents the President or his designee from prohibiting issuance of oil and gas, coal, hard rock, and critical minerals on leases on federal lands without the approval of Congress. Also, withdrawing federal lands from mineral development without approval of Congress.

Cosponsored the Keystone XL Construction and Jobs Act which authorizes KXL pipeline (including border facilities) and declares that a presidential permit is not required.

Cosponsored the Saving America’s Mines Act that prohibits a moratorium on critical mineral extraction without congressional approval. Also prohibits reversal of existing leases, permits or claims on the mining of critical minerals on BLM or USFS lands.

Cosponsored the Nuclear Prosperity and Security Act, which would authorize DOE to establish a uranium reserve. It also requires DOE to exclude uranium that is mined in the U.S. by an entity owned or controlled by Russia or China.

Cosponsored HR. 420, the No Taxpayer Funding for Paris Climate Agreement Act which prohibits the use of funds to provide for the United States to become a party to the Paris Agreement.

Cosponsored HR. 543, which prohibits the President from issuing moratoria on leasing and permitting energy and minerals on certain Federal land.

Signed onto a letter to Acting DOI Secretary Scott de la Vega requesting he restore decision-making authority to local BLM field offices for issuing ROW permits.

Cosponsored the Carbon Capture Modernization Act, which relaxes the efficiency requirements for new and retrofit projects if they include CCS, and in doing so designate a requirement of a minimum 60% CO2 capture and sequestration for existing units.

Cosponsored the CCUS Innovation Act, which Clarifies and emphasizes the types of CCUS projects that are eligible for DOE’s Loan Guarantee Program, and expands it to include CCUS infrastructure, direct air capture, pre/post combustion capture, and different methods of storage.

Cosponsored HR. 1693, which would establish the Nuclear Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (NIBAS) Program within the Department of Energy. The NIBAS program will be tasked with monitoring and assessing the needs of the domestic nuclear industry and supporting partnerships between the federal government and individuals and entities that are developing and deploying nuclear power assets that operate at each stage of the nuclear fuel cycle.

Cosponsored the SCALE Act, which provides for the build-out of large-scale CO2 transport systems together with saline geologic storage.

Signed onto a delegation letter in support of 8 Rivers Capital’s application for a DOE grant that aids the development of certain fossil-based hydrogen projects. 8 Rivers Capital is looking to deploy a blue hydrogen production facility in Evanston, Wyoming that utilizes CCUS.

Signed onto a letter to John Kerry regarding recent press reports that he is pressuring US bank CEOs to comply with and endorse overly burdensome, prescriptive climate change principles, restrictions and mandates.

Signed onto a Letter to Secs. Austin (DOD) and Granholm (DOE) encouraging them to work with President Biden to issue a federal charter to establish a rare earth metallurgical cooperative, in anticipation of the supply chain report and recommendations the Administration is expected to issue in the coming months.

Signed onto the Coal Caucus’ FY2022 Appropriations Letter.

Signed onto a letter to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Subcommittee asking that they include the full $150 million necessary for the uranium reserve as recommended by the interagency Nuclear Fuel Working Group and support annual funding at this level through FY2031.

Introduced the Abandoned Mine Land Fee Reauthorization Act that would reauthorize the AML program for 7 years with a 40% reduction in fee rates across the board.

Introduced the UNSHACKLE Act (Undoing NEPA’s Substantial Harm by Advancing Concepts that Kickstart the Liberation of the Economy Act) which combines 5 standalone NEPA-related bills aimed at maintaining the previous Administration’s much-needed NEPA revisions.

Introduced the NEPA Legal Reform Act which clarifies requirements necessary to receive judicial review for NEPA-related claims and sets a 150-day statute of limitations for NEPA-related claims.

Introduced the Recognition of Local Interests in NEPA Decision Making bill to address “venue shopping” by NGOs which has resulted in decisions being made by judges in states other than where the action is to occur on federal leasing, permitting, pipelines and wildlife..

Cosponsored the CATCH Act (Coordinated Action to Capture Harmful Emissions Act) which would allow all industrial facilities and power plants to participate and qualify for the 45Q tax credit.