Rep. Cheney Says Lease Moratorium Will Cost 1 Million Jobs
Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney says President Joe Biden's moratorium on old and gas leases on federal lands will cost 1 million U.S. jobs.
The Republican says that includes 18,000 jobs in Wyoming.
Biden issued the moratorium in a Jan. 27 executive order.
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The order has come under heavy criticism in Wyoming, where the energy industry is a key component of the state economy and a major contributor to the revenues used to fund state government. Cheney on Thursday morning posted the following statement on her Facebook page:
Our nation will be more dependent on our adversaries, families will face higher energy bills, and an estimated million jobs will be lost — including 18,000 here in Wyoming."
Cheney is far from the only Wyoming officeholder to criticize the ban. Sen. John Barrasso has accused the president of "taking a sledgehammer to the economy."
Governor Mark Gordon a few days ago called the lease ban a "direct attack on Wyoming." State Superintendent Jillian Balow recently said the ban threatens to defund Wyoming schools.