Washington – Wyoming Congresswoman and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) issued the following statement after President Biden signed executive orders, including one that issued a moratorium on new oil and gas leasing and permitting on federal land:

“Today’s executive orders signed by President Biden will endanger our economy in Wyoming and threaten our national security. The negative ramifications that will be felt across the country because of this ban will be real and painful. Energy costs will rise. Domestic energy production will fall. Jobs will be lost. Energy states like ours with a large percentage of federal land will lose out on critical education, infrastructure, and healthcare resources, and the individuals who can least afford it will bear the brunt of this decision. Not only that, but this will diminish our ability to produce energy domestically and maintain energy independence, forcing us to rely on our adversaries which undermines our national security interests.
 
“As the country continues to battle the economic crisis posed by COVID-19, cutting off a major lifeline that Americans have relied on to survive during this time is reckless and irresponsible. We should be expanding opportunities for energy production and economic success, not eliminating them. 
 
“I intend to work with allies in Washington and partners in Wyoming to fight against these devastating orders to defend the interests of the people of Wyoming and our nation.” 


BACKGROUND

According to Julian Balow, the Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, this order will eliminate $150M/year in resources that fund K-12 education in the state. 

According to a study conducted by the University of Wyoming, an oil and gas moratorium could result in losses of up to $2B in tax revenue over 4 years, ~18,000 jobs, and billions in wages.