Mullin leads GOP effort to press Biden administration on false oil and gas permitting claims

Republican Oklahoma Sen. Markwayne Mullin


Led by Oklahoma’s U.S. Sen. Markwayne Mullin, a group of Republican senators is going after the Biden administration after it recently issued a downward revision of the number of unused fossil fuel permits, a correction it blamed on a “reporting discrepancy.”

Joined by Sens. James Lankford, Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Mike Braun, R-Ind., and James Risch, R-Idaho, they sent a letter this week to Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning and demanded more information about the reported error. They took note that the false figure had been used by the White House to justify decreased oil and gas leasing reported FOX News.

“The Biden administration has been gas-lighting our domestic energy producers for the past two years. Now that the truth has come to light, Biden officials are quietly walking back their false statements hoping no one will take notice,” Mullin later told Fox News Digital.

“I’m leading my Senate colleagues in demanding answers on BLM’s inaccurate reporting that led to these false claims. BLM should do all it can to ensure the energy industry and the American public this will not happen again,” the Oklahoma lawmaker continued. “To make matters worse, this administration used its faulty statistics to justify its refusal to comply with timely onshore and offshore federal oil and gas lease sales.”

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