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  • Biden Administration Blocks Development of World-Class Mineral Deposit
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    Jan 26, 2023 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the 20-year withdrawal of 225,504 acres in Northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest, specifically targeting the Twin Metals mine in the Duluth Complex. "If Democrats were serious about developing renewable energy sources an... More
  • Biden Continues Deflecting Responsibility for U.S. Energy Crisis
    Press Release
    Oct 19, 2022 -
    Today, U.S. President Joe Biden announced he is releasing 15 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in an attempt to lower gas prices. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "I've spent this month hearing from ... More
  • Biden Unilaterally Prevents Sustainable Energy Development in Colorado, Designates New National Monument
    Press Release
    Oct 12, 2022 -
    Today, U.S. President Joe Biden announced the initiation of a roughly 225,000 acre, 20-year mineral withdrawal in Colorado's Thomson Divide. He also designated a separate 54,000 acre national monument as the Camp Hale – Continental Divide National Monument. "As if it weren’t enough for Joe Biden to deplete our emergen... More
  • WTAS: the Transparency and Production of American Energy Act
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    Oct 6, 2022 -
    Last month, Republican members introduced the Transparency and Production of (TAP) American Energy Act with the support of many stakeholder groups and organizations. "The Transparency and Production of American Energy Act includes important provisions and reforms that will go a long way to advancing clean energy and tr... More
  • Westerman, Graves Introduce Legislation Promoting Access to American Energy
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    Sep 29, 2022 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-Mo.) introduced the Transparency and Production of (TAP) American Energy Act. "American families have been on the front lines of dealing with the Bide... More
  • ICYMI: A Secure Future Requires American Resources
    Press Release
    Sep 27, 2022 -
    The past few years have brought a new meaning to the term “unprecedented.” One global crisis after another has made it hard to contextualize the truly historic times we’ve been living through. Take this past summer as an example. Gas prices hit levels never seen before in history, yet we ran out of ways to describe it.... More
  • Westerman, McMorris Rodgers Lead Legislation Strengthening American Supply Chains
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    Sep 22, 2022 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and House Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) introduced the Securing America's Mineral Supply Chains Act. U.S. Reps. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) and F... More
  • ICYMI: Top House Republicans to Unveil Mine Permitting Plan
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    Sep 22, 2022 -
    House Republicans will roll out a major minerals permitting bill Thursday, hoping to show a contrast with Democrats, who are divided on whether to streamline government approvals for extraction projects. The "Securing American Mineral Supply Chains Act" from House Natural Resources ranking member Bruce Westerman (R-Ar... More
  • Republicans Highlight Need for 'All-Of-The-Above' Energy Strategy in California
    Press Release
    Sep 8, 2022 -
    Today, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Ranking Member Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) and U.S. Rep. Connie Conway (R-Calif.) joined a subcommittee field hearing in Morro Bay, Calif. on the issue of offshore wind energy in the American West. "I appreciate the invitation from my good friend Chairman Lowenthal to disc... More
  • Committee Democrats Advance Bill Prohibiting Minerals Necessary for Renewable Energy
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    Jul 13, 2022 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources majority held a markup on 10 bills, including H.R. 2794, which would create significant barriers to mineral development in the Duluth Complex. "In recent years, an anti-mining sentiment has permeated in the Twin Cities and the coasts," Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral R... More
  • ICYMI: 'Confusing Display Of Weakness': House Republicans Demand Biden Produce Oil, Gas In America
    Press Release
    Jul 12, 2022 -
    A group of House Republicans, led by New Mexico Rep. Yvette Herrell, sent a letter Tuesday to President Joe Biden calling on him to commit to producing oil and gas in the U.S. They’re also asking the commander in chief to visit energy-producing regions of the U.S. and meet with Americans who work in the energy industr... More
  • DOI's Leasing Plan Announcement Threatens to Halt Future Production
    Press Release
    Jul 1, 2022 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released its proposed five-year plan for domestic offshore oil and gas leasing. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "Now I see why DOI blew past their promised release date - they wanted... More
  • DOI Fails to Release Promised Five-Year Leasing Plan
    Press Release
    Jun 30, 2022 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) failed to release a proposed five-year plan for oil and gas leasing, despite Secretary Deb Haaland testifying during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing that the administration would issue a public proposed plan no later than June 30, 2022. House C... More
  • Biden Administration Ignores Science, Shuts Down Domestic Mineral Production
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    Jun 23, 2022 -
    Washington - Today, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced its recommendation that the Secretary of the Interior withdraw lands from new mineral leasing in the Rainy River watershed for 20 years, preventing development of important American mineral resources "Just when you think the Biden administration's energy 'pl... More
  • ICYMI: It's Time to Unleash the Power of American Energy
    Press Release
    May 24, 2022 -
    No one likes filling up their car at a gas station. It feels like the most necessary of evils, spending money on something we never see but depend on to go about our daily lives. What was once a routine errand has now become a significant strain on family budgets, as the price of oil continues to climb with no end in ... More
  • ICYMI: Anti-Mining, Anti-Northland Bill Demands to Be Rejected
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    May 23, 2022 -
    As the member of Congress from Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, I am blessed to represent mining country. I’m proud of my constituents who work in our mines developing the resources we need for America’s steel. The Duluth Complex — which accounts for 95% of America’s nickel resources, 88% of our cobalt, and mor... More
  • DOI Heeds Republican Messages, Announces Draft Five-Year Offshore Leasing Plan
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    May 19, 2022 -
    Today, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland announced DOI will be releasing a draft five-year plan for oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) before the current plan expires on June 30, 2022. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued th... More
  • Westerman Slams Biden for Killing Offshore Leases, Increasing Gas Prices
    Press Release
    May 12, 2022 -
    Last night, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it will no longer hold court-ordered offshore oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: "This announcement puts the Biden adm... More
  • ICYMI: The Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act Is the Wrong Solution for American Mining
    Press Release
    May 11, 2022 -
    Everything in this world is either grown or mined, and if we don’t grow it or mine it in America, we import it. Events from the past few years, namely the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, have highlighted America’s hunger for metals, including copper, nickel, cobalt, platinum-group elements, and ... More
  • Biden Administration Continues War on American Minerals
    Press Release
    May 5, 2022 -
    This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its recommendation that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers not re-issue PolyMet’s Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for the NorthMet project in northeastern Minnesota. "Actions speak louder than words, and while the Biden administration is claiming to suppo... More
  • Westerman Joins Scalise for Offshore Energy Tour
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    Apr 21, 2022 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and other Republican members for a tour of Louisiana's offshore oil and gas industry. "Democrats love to demonize the oil and gas industry, yet they forget how it employs hardworking Ame... More
  • Biden's SPR Decision, New Fees Are Shortsighted, Unsustainable
    Press Release
    Mar 31, 2022 -
    Today, President Joe Biden announced an unprecedented drawdown from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), intending to place 1 million barrels of oil on the market every day for the next six months and increase fees on federal oil and gas leaseholders. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerma... More
  • Biden's Mineral Announcement Misses Bigger Picture
    Press Release
    Mar 31, 2022 -
    Today, President Joe Biden announced he is invoking Defense Protection Act powers in order to ramp up domestic production of critical minerals. "After more than two years of repeated assaults on American energy and mineral production - including shuttering the Twin Metals project in Minnesota - it is laughable that Pre... More
  • House Republicans Introduce Legislation to End the Biden Ban
    Press Release
    Mar 30, 2022 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined U.S. Reps. Jerry Carl (R-Ala.), Garret Graves (R-La.), Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.), Blake Moore (R-Utah), Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) and Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas) in introducing six bills that will unleash America's domestic energy pote... More
  • Republicans Hold Joint Forum on Biden's War on American Energy
    Press Release
    Mar 18, 2022 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Select Climate Committee Republican members held a forum titled "Pain at the Pump: Biden's War on American Energy." During Ranking Member Bruce Westerman's (R-Ark.) opening statement, he said in part: "Let me be clear, d... More
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