U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the committee on energy and natural resources, recently delivered remarks at a full committee hearing to examine the president’s budget request for the Department of the Interior for fiscal year 2023. Barrasso said gas prices continue to hit highs across the country and American consumers are suffering significantly.
The hearing also featured testimony from Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. Barrasso, while addressing Secretary Haaland, said that during this energy crisis, when the department could be opening up abundant American oil and gas reserves, the Department of the Interior has done everything possible to shut them down.
Barrasso said the results are apparent – since President Biden took office, Americans have become much more dependent on foreign sources of energy and we need to find ways to increase, not decrease, production of our nation’s most abundant natural resources.