Tag: Energy / Natural Resources

Daines Calls for Passage of Bipartisan St. Mary’s Reinvestment, Sun River Hydro Bills

U.S. SENATE – At a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today U.S. Senator Steve Daines stressed the need to pass his bipartisan “St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act” to support the St. Mary’s Milk River Project along the Hi-Line Montana. Daines also highlighted his bipartisan bill, the “Sun River Hydropower Authorization Act,” which will create jobs, generate revenue and support hydropower production in central Montana. Click HERE to listen to the Senator’s opening remarks. “Inflation has driven up construction costs and the severe drought has made it all the more important we pass my bill this year. As you can see from the map behind me, the

Daines Discusses Impacts of Cancelling Keystone XL, Irresponsible Forest Management at Senate Hearing

U.S. SENATE – At a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines questioned Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on the widespread effects of the Biden administration’s cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline on energy security, the economy and the United States’ relationship with Canada. Click HERE to watch and download  “Premier, you know better than most what the Keystone XL Pipeline meant for jobs, revenue and energy security…That’s why Alberta filed a suit against the United States seeking $1.3B in damages. Let me just read a line from that filing: The Biden Administration’s decision to revoke the Keystone XL Pipeline

Daines: Biden’s Reversal of 2020 NEPA Modernization Another Blow to Montana, Energy Security

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule that make projects, including commonsense forest management and Montana mining, harder and more expensive. “I’m very disappointed to see the Biden administration remove commonsense policies that were put in place to modernize the outdated and cumbersome environmental review process which would allow for responsible natural resource development and land management,” Daines said. “This is another step in the wrong direction from Biden especially when we should be doing all we can to increase forest management to mitigate fire risk and expand domestic mining operations for

Daines Introduces Bill to Prevent Biden Admin from Stifling Montana Energy Production, Increasing Gas Prices

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a bill that would prevent the Biden administration from continuing to stifle Montana energy production and increase gas prices on hardworking Montanans.  “Since Day One of taking office, President Biden has launched attack after attack on Made in Montana and Made in America energy, and Montana families are paying the price at the pump. We need to stop putting up roadblocks and unleash American energy,” Daines said.  The prohibition on new regulations impeding energy development would remain in effect until either January 1, 2023 or until the national average consumer gas price is $2.60 or less. The current

Daines: Biden, Woke Green Groups Killing American Mining Production Needed for Renewable Energy

U.S. SENATE – At a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines spoke about the importance of increasing American energy and mineral security. Daines opened his remarks sharing the story of Montana’s Rock Creek Mine’s never-ending cycle of permitting and litigation that has left the mine nonoperational for over 35 years. Daines stressed that the impact of the permitting and litigation nightmare is killing jobs, tax revenue and economic activity in Montana. Click HERE to watch and download “In 1987 when this process started, Ronald Reagan was President. In fact, that was the year he stood before the

Daines: Biden Tapping into Oil Reserves Without Increasing American Energy Production is a Band-Aid on Bullet Wound

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today blasted President Biden for tapping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Fund without first taking steps to increase American energy production. This follows the introduction of Daines’ bill earlier this year that would prohibit the Biden administration from tapping the SPR until oil and gas production on federal lands and waters is increased.  “President Biden has once again resorted to tapping into the nation’s oil reserve to try and cover up the ramifications of his disastrous anti-American energy policies. These desperate moves are not the solution—investing in American energy production is, and that includes oil and gas,” Daines said. “Biden needs to stop appeasing the woke green activists

Daines Introduces Bill to Fight FERC’s Partisan, Anti-Energy Policies and Combat Rising Energy Costs

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bill, the “Ensuring National Security Using Reliable Energy (ENSURE) Act,” to help ensure Montanans have access to reliable and affordable energy.  “What’s typically seen as a nonpartisan agency, FERC has become the latest arm of Biden’s partisan, woke green agenda,” Daines said. “While pipelines are the safest, most environmentally friendly way to transport natural gas, FERC is creating new burdensome barriers preventing new ones from being built. For the sake of Montana families and our national security, we need to be supporting American energy and American pipelines—not setting up new roadblocks.” This legislation will stop the Federal Energy Regulatory

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Ban Russian Energy Imports

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today cosponsored a bipartisan bill to prohibit Russian crude oil, petroleum, petroleum products, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal imports. The bill will help American partners be less dependent on Russian energy.   “President Biden and the United States need to unleash American energy production and stop funding Putin’s ruthless war chest,” Daines said. To read a one-pager on the “Ban Russian Energy Imports Act,” click HERE.   ###   Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Katie Schoettler

Senate Democrats Block Daines’ Bill to Increase Traditional & Renewable American Energy Production

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today doubled down on his push to support Made in America energy. Daines slammed Senate Democrats after they blocked his bill that would increase traditional and renewable American energy production and help America’s partners and allies be less dependent on Russia.  Daines’ bill would require the Biden administration to restart oil and gas leases on federal lands which were banned last year. Daines’ bill would also kickstart renewable energy development on federal lands and waters. To watch Daines’ remarks, click HERE. “All in one year, President Biden killed the Keystone XL pipeline, banned new oil

Daines Slams Haaland for Politicizing Gray Wolf Management

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines slammed Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for continuing to ignore the science and politicize gray wolf management during a Senate Energy Subcommittee hearing this week. Despite available science and data showing that the gray wolf populations are strong and healthy, the current law and the State of Montana’s proven track record of gray wolf management, Haaland wrote an opinion piece earlier this week threatening to circumvent Montana’s authority to manage the species. Daines called on the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Shannon Estenoz, to listen to the law