Tag: Energy / 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

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