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The Committee on Natural Resources has exclusive jurisdiction of America’s abundant offshore and Arctic energy resources. Safely and responsibly developing these resources strengthens our nation’s economy and energy security on a global level.  The Arctic is a strategic, resource-rich place to develop American energy. Our energy presence in the Arctic sends an important message to the region about the seriousness of our commitment to American energy strength and security.

Unfortunately, under the Obama Administration’s watch, offshore oil and gas production has declined since 2009. The Administration’s moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico following the Macondo incident was devastating, not just for the nation’s domestic energy supply, but for the region’s economy. However, despite innovations in safety and the extensive government and industry collaboration since, the punitive onslaught of new regulations that this Administration has hurled at the offshore industry has not ebbed.

States should have a stake in their energy future and be able to realize the jobs and economic growth that come from offshore development. Despite the vast amount of acreage available for leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf and the states’ pleas, the Obama Administration has denied access to states to the areas offshore their coasts through limited lease plans.

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Bishop Announces Senior Staff Changes

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