MacDonald: Biden Administration Fighting to Keep Ban on Oil and Gas Leases

During her Fox Business Network show “Evening Edit” on Thursday, host Elizabeth MacDonald discussed the fact that the Biden administration is still fighting to keep a ban on oil and gas leases despite skyrocketing gas prices.

Speaking with Rep. James Comer (R-KY), MacDonald discussed the fact that the White House is still fighting for federal courts to uphold President Joe Biden’s ban on oil and gas leasing offshore and on public land even as the president and his allies claim that the oil industry has a duty to increase production.

“The White House is attacking an industry. The Biden White House just asked a Louisiana federal judge, Congressman, to uphold the president’s ban on new federal oil and gas leasing and they want to now limit fuel exports,” MacDonald said. “We’ve never seen a government attacking a U.S. industry like this.”

The Biden administration asked the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana this week to uphold its ban on new federal oil and gas leasing. This move was a response to action taken by several states to end the ban and renew drilling at a time when gas prices are rising to record highs, leaving average Americans struggling financially.

More than a dozen states, led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, filed a motion on April 29 requesting a judge permanently end the leasing ban. According to recent Department of Justice court filings, the Biden administration is begging the court to throw the motion out.

The national average price of gasoline hit a record high of $5.02 per gallon on Tuesday, while the average cost for a gallon of diesel reached a record high of $5.78 on Wednesday, according to data from AAA.

Responding to MacDonald’s comment, Comer called out Biden and Democrats for punishing the American people with their bad policies.

“Well, the Democrats in Congress are joining Joe Biden,” the Kentucky Republican said. “They want to attack every big profitable company in America. What they don’t realize, in addition to how badly we need cheap oil in America, is the fact that the energy industry provides good-paying jobs, many union jobs.”

“So, they’re attacking their own people who they claim they represent in working-class America,” Comer, a ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, added. “So, it makes no sense. It’s bad policy. They’re punishing working Americans by forcing them to pay more at the pumps, and they’re punishing the people in the energy industry who work and have good jobs and are able to afford nice things for their families because they work hard in a good industry like the energy industry.”