75.2 F
College Station
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

New Mexico Republicans Raise Alarm Over Biden Pause On Federal Land Leasing

Local News

College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

The College Station City Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. at city hall to consider a Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO). The ordinance would allow single-family...

College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

Every Republican in the New Mexico legislature signed a letter to President Joe Biden on Thursday raising alarm over the White House’s pause on and review of oil and gas leases on federal lands, which threatens to wreak economic havoc on the state.

“We cannot devastate our economy and our livelihoods by supporting a federal regulatory scheme that fails to recognize the importance of our state’s oil and gas industry,” lawmakers wrote, since 40 percent of the state budget comes from oil and gas production on federal land. Much of that revenue goes to fund the state’s schools, already ranked among the lowest in the country.

The letter from New Mexico’s 39 Republican legislators was written in response to another from 24 statehouse Democrats who lauded the president’s leasing pause on Tuesday, contradicting their own progressive Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who in March sought a waiver to the pause by the Interior Department.

Republicans wrote that Democrats offered no viable alternative to replacing the state’s reliance on its oil and gas reserves found primarily in the Permian Basin, one of the nation’s richest oil fields which crosses the border of southeast New Mexico and west Texas, in search of a “green energy economy.” Such a transition, Republicans said, “will take decades and there is simply no way to guarantee these desired new energy jobs will ever become reality.”

Republicans added that while the state’s employment services agency estimates 8,500 jobs will be available in the wind and solar industry over the course of the transition, that number “pales in comparison” to the estimated 134,000 jobs that would be lost in the state’s oil industry.

The competing letters underscore the divisions in the state. Progressives dominating the government in Santa Fe are aligned with the Biden energy agenda while Republicans in the minority raise issues with the decimation of the industry funding the state services run by Democrats.

The White House pause on new federal land leases for oil and gas drilling, enacted as one of the new president’s first executive orders, has already sent producers looking across the border to

Continue reading on thefederalist

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

State News

Abbott Announces Special Session Starting July 8

Just a few weeks after the regular legislative session came to a close, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the first of multiple special sessions would...

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Request Medicaid Expansion in Special Session

On Monday, a bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, asking him to put the topic of Medicaid...

Autopsy Report: Property Taxes Will Continue to Rise in Texas

As Texans’ property taxes continue to rise, the Texas Legislature took no decisive action to lower them across the board. Three experts discuss what...

Sid Miller Declines Run for Governor, Will Seek Re-Election

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced this week he would run for a third term in 2022, putting to rest any speculation that he...

Polling Shows Wright Leading Ellzey in July Congressional Runoff

North Texas temperatures are heating up this summer, but the competition for an open seat in Congress may be cooling down as polling shows...

Continue reading on thefederalist