While on the presidential campaign trail earlier today, Senator Elizabeth Warren vowed to prohibit new fossil fuel leasing on public lands if she’s elected president. In addition to an executive order banning new fossil fuel leases on public lands on shore and offshore, Warren said she would also work toward boosting U.S. electricity generation from renewable sources offshore or on public lands.
Below is a statement you can attribute to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the GAIN Coalition:
“Senator Warren’s proposal to ban fossil fuel development on public lands is deeply troubling. Oil and gas products meet our nation’s energy needs – from electricity generation and home heating to reliable, accessible fuels for our vehicles. The industry supports more than 10 million American jobs and contributes over a trillion dollars to the U.S. economy each year. Limiting permitted oil and gas production while in the midst of an unprecedented energy boom will not only impact consumers, but also risk our national security interests and increase reliance on foreign energy sources. Naturally, we should develop wind and solar – but even the Senator’s proposal would fall woefully short of meeting our nation’s electricity demands.”