Westerman, Gosar Demand Answers on How New National Monument Will Impact American Energy Security
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2023 | Committee Press Office (202-225-2761)
Today, U.S. President Joe Biden announced he will use the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate approximately 1 million acres as a national monument in Arizona. House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to administration officials in response, seeking additional documentation on the decision and how it will impact land management and energy resources. In part, the members wrote:
"The [Grand Canyon] National Monument and the corresponding mineral withdrawal comes at an inflection point for our country in an age of geopolitical uncertainty—the federal government must decide whether to increase domestic mining and secure our mineral supply chain or serve at the mercy of foreign adversaries for decades to come. Sadly, Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration have apparently chosen the latter as the [Grand Canyon] National Monument and the corresponding mineral withdrawal threatens America’s long-term energy, economic, and national security.
"Nuclear power contributes nearly 20 percent of the electricity generated in America. Moreover, nuclear power is the largest 'zero-emission' energy source in the United States and accounts for more energy production than wind, solar, and hydropower combined. The former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and President Biden’s first White House national climate advisor, Gina McCarthy, stated that nuclear energy is 'absolutely essential' for meeting President Biden’s emissions goals.
Read the full letter here.
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