NOIA Applauds House Democrats for Standing up for American Energy

For Immediate Release: Monday, September 13, 2021
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American Energy Production Lifts Every American:
NOIA Applauds House Democrats for Standing up for American Energy

Washington, D.C. – National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Erik Milito issued the following statement after Congressman Henry Cuellar and six additional Democrats wrote to House Leadership about American energy restricting policies in the House budget reconciliation package:

“NOIA applauds Congressman Cuellar and Representatives Vicente Gonzalez, Lizzie Fletcher, Sylvia Garcia, Marc Veasey, Filemon Vela, and Colin Allred for taking a stand for the American energy worker. Congress should always support safe, reliable, and lower emission American energy production.

“The practical and obvious consequences of more restrictive and less competitive terms for offshore oil and gas leasing found in the House budget reconciliation package include the exporting of American jobs and energy production to foreign countries, like Russia and China. Shifting production away from the U.S. won’t tackle energy demand and reduced emissions, it will instead be a gift to higher emitting producers like Russia and China that wield their energy resources as a geopolitical tool.

“Embracing U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production is a better path. As Louisiana and the Gulf Coast recover from Hurricane Ida, it is important to remember that offshore oil and gas supports more than 345,000 accessible and high paying jobs. The majority of these jobs are along the Gulf Coast, but they can also be found in every U.S. state. American offshore production also unlocks critical funding for conservation and recreation programs, including dollars for hurricane mitigation, flood prevention, national parks, and urban parks and recreation.

"The benefits of American offshore energy lift every American, regardless of their political affiliation. NOIA will continue to engage both sides of the aisle to ensure that American offshore energy production can continue to deliver energy security, jobs, economic growth and emissions progress.”


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.

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