Energy, Natural Resources

As a fifth-generation Montanan, I know the importance our state’s natural resources to our way of life. Natural Resources are an engine to our economy and to job creation. Our pristine glacial peaks and rivers, vibrant forests, wide-open spaces, and rich mineral and energy deposits earn beautiful Montana its name—the Treasure State.

As a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I will continue to work to preserve Montana’s way of life by encouraging responsible environmental stewardship as we continue to develop our natural resources. 

In addition, I support an all-of-the-above approach to securing not just American energy independence, but American energy dominance. That includes alternative sources of energy—hydropower, wind, biomass, and solar—along with coal, oil, and natural gas. Montana will continue to lead the way through promoting exploration and sustained development of the Bakken oil shale, continuing to lead in domestic coal production, and expanding our renewable energy production. Montana is setting an example of how domestic energy development can be done in a responsible manner to reduce our dependence on foreign energy while sustaining our resources for generations to come.

 

Daines Calls on Biden to Unleash American Energy Immediately

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to President Biden expressing deep concern over the depletion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and urged him to support more domestic energy production. “The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is the world’s largest stockpile of emergency crude oil with the capacity to store 714 million barrels. The SPR has protected America from major supply disruptions and served as a vital windfall in the event of natural disasters and wars since its creation following the 1973 energy crises, but it was never intended to compensate for domestic policy shortcomings,” Daines wrote. “Manipulating energy reserves to bring gas

Daines Statement on President Biden’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve Plan

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s plan to release up to 15 million more barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) instead of increasing domestic energy production.  “The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is meant to be used as a last resort in emergency situations, not a band-aid solution for Biden and the Democrats’ anti-Made in America energy policies on the eve of midterm elections. The Democrats should focus less on political cover-ups and more on addressing the long-term solutions of these inflated prices at the pump,” Daines said. Senator Daines serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources

Daines Statement on Biden’s Decision to Ease Venezuela Sanctions for Oil Imports

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released a statement on President Biden’s decisionto ease Venezuela sanctions for oil imports instead of taking steps to increase domestic oil production. “Biden has learned nothing. We need to unleash American energy development–NOT rely on dictators in adversarial countries like Venezuela for oil,” Daines said. In March 2022, Daines introduced a bill to prohibit the United States from importing Iranian and Venezuelan crude oil, petroleum, petroleum products, and liquefied natural gas.  Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Blake Kernen

Daines Talks Forest Management, Forestry Jobs at Senate Hearing

U.S. SENATE – At a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines discussed his bipartisan bills that would promote active forest management by reversing the disastrous Cottonwood decision and help protect Montana from catastrophic wildfires by supporting Montana Job Corps Civilian Centers’ mission and ensuring graduates have a pipeline to wildfire and forestry jobs. Click HERE to watch and download “Sustainable forest management creates sustainable rural economies. It also leads to more carbon sequestration, important mitigation strategies that relate to warmer summers and longer fire seasons, healthier watersheds and air, and productive wildlife habitat. Better forest management can also help Montana’s housing shortage—at one time

Daines, Feinstein, Kuster Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Bolster Hydropower

U.S. CONGRESS – U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and U.S. Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.) today introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to support an all-of-the-above energy portfolio and help develop hydropower on non-powered dams.    “Energy security is national security, and in Montana, we know how important it is to grow clean, renewable hydropower,” Daines said. “Increasing power at Montana’s existing dams will strengthen our grid, provide reliable sources of energy for Montana families, and support Montana energy jobs.”   “There are more than 200 dams in the United States that could be retrofitted to provide hydropower but the approval process is

Daines, Tester Push for Hearing on Bipartisan St Mary’s Rehabilitation Legislation

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today urged the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) to hold a hearing on their St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act, which will provide critical resources to North Central Montana and make rehabilitating the St. Mary’s Diversion Dam more affordable. In a letter to ENR Chair Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Daines and Tester said the project is critical to ensuring the Milk River Project can continue providing water to farmers, ranchers, and Tribes in Northcentral Montana that depend on it. “St. Mary’s Diversion Dam is the

Daines Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Rein in EPA’s Authority

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency to rein in the EPA’s authority to issue broad climate regulations with far-reaching implications.  “I’m glad to see the Supreme Court uphold what we’ve known all along—the Obama-era ‘Clean Power Plan’ was a massive overreach,” Daines said. “This ruling right-sizes the authority of the EPA to issue sweeping regulations and realigns the EPA with the original intent of the ‘Clean Air Act.’ At a time when Americans are already facing record high gas prices, it ensures that the Biden administration will not be able to weaponize

Senate Democrats Block Daines’ Bill to Relieve Gas Price Hikes

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines slammed Senate Democrats for blocking passage of his bill, the “Gas Prices Relief Act,” which would prevent the Biden administration from further stifling American energy production and increasing gas prices on hardworking Montanans. Click HERE to watch and download. “The pain at the pump Montana families are feeling today is because of President Biden and the Democrats’ anti-American energy policies… I’m urging my colleagues across the aisle to think about hardworking Montana families trying to make ends meet, to think about their constituents who depend on affordable gas prices to get to work or drop their kids off at school. I’m urging my colleagues across

Daines Statement on Democrat Efforts to Breach Dams

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines rejected the draft report commissioned by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Governor Jay Inslee to study the impact of breaching four hydroelectric dams on the lower Snake River, dams that are critical to supplying Northwestern Montana with clean, renewable energy.  Daines said:“We shouldn’t be breaching dams, we should be increasing clean and reliable baseload hydropower. When a multi-year, comprehensive and science-based federal study concluded unequivocally that the costs of breaching the lower Snake River dams far outweigh any potential benefits, Democrats set out to complete a one-sided report to justify their radical agenda, instead of seeking out a true collaborative process to improve fisheries.”  “This is a