Gov. Edwards’ Testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources About Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Climate Change
Baton Rouge, LA (STL.News) Gov. John Bel Edwards testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources about recent federal offshore oil and gas developments. Specifically, he will address the adverse impact that a protracted moratorium on mineral leases in the Gulf of Mexico will have on Louisiana’s economy. In addition, he will highlight the state’s ongoing work on climate initiatives.
An excerpt of his submitted testimony is below:
“Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today on two of the largest challenges facing my state: taking responsible actions to address climate change while navigating successfully the transition in our energy industry – an industry that is so vital to our economy. Both the effects of climate change and the economic health of our state are affected directly by federal policy regarding the production of oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico and the distribution of federal revenues derived therefrom.
I note that a number of states represented on this committee are affected directly by federal policy regarding oil and gas production on federal lands and waters: Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Wyoming.