Washington, D.C. - National Ocean Industries Association President Erik Milito issued the following statement after the details of an energy and climate policy deal between Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were released:
Senate Energy & Climate Deal Promotes U.S. Long-Term Energy Security
"Senator Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have negotiated an energy and climate deal grounded in reality: a package that promotes zero and low carbon energy and supports domestic production of offshore oil and natural gas. We are still reviewing the language, but it appears to offer a serious path forward that lifts offshore energy of all types, to the betterment of our nation. We applaud Senator Manchin’s leadership on an issue of national – and global – consequence.
“We need to look no further than the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and our offshore areas to achieve the policy goals critical to our nation’s sustained success. There is a proven bipartisan spirit of collaboration to advance energy policy that offers affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible energy here at home, while also widening the pathway for deployment of low and zero carbon technologies and energy sources. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to advance common-sense energy and climate policies past the goal line.
“This legislation recognizes the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region is a premier oil producing region. It is world class, high-tech, and is an economic anchor for countless communities along the Gulf Coast and beyond. The Gulf of Mexico anchors our national security – and that of our allies. The Gulf of Mexico is characterized by low carbon emissions and is consistently solving, scaling, and deploying new solutions to further improve emissions performance. In other words, a stronger Gulf of Mexico means a stronger America.”
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.