Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 257 Will Support High-Paying U.S. Jobs, American Climate Progress
Washington, D.C. – National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Erik Milito released the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Interior issued the Final Notice of Sale for Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 257, which will be held on November 17, 2021:
“The advancement of Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 257 is welcome news for the American worker and our national security. Continued safe and environmentally responsible Gulf of Mexico energy development can promote many of the top priorities of the Biden Administration. The U.S. Gulf of Mexico supports more than 345,000 jobs, many of which are accessible, high-paying and cannot be easily substituted, and generates vital government revenues for conservation and recreation programs, including ones in economically distressed urban areas. Furthermore, as global energy prices rise, continued Gulf of Mexico leasing can help avert inflationary risks and proactively ensure affordable energy for all walks of life, especially low-income communities.
“Importantly, offshore Federal oil and gas leasing supports climate progress. The U.S. offshore produces among the lowest carbon barrels of the oil producing regions. We provide a low carbon energy alternative to oil produced by foreign, higher emitting producers, like Russia and China. As long as Americans depend upon oil and gas for modern life, our policymakers should always choose safe, low emissions American energy.”
The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) represents and advances a dynamic and growing offshore energy industry, providing solutions that support communities and protect our workers, the public and our environment.