Senator David Perdue Calls On The Obama Administration To Embrace America’s Energy Abundance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today made the following statement about the Department of Interior’s Draft Proposed Program to include Georgia as a potential site in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022:

“Energy exploration along the Atlantic coast can help strengthen our economic and national security, but the Obama Administration’s draft proposal fails to consult Georgians on our state’s energy needs and prevents other states from unlocking their full energy potential.

“While it’s beneficial for Georgians to have access to offshore energy production, it’s unfortunate that the Obama Administration treats energy policy as a bait-and-switch scheme. Taking energy-rich parts of Alaska off the table is irresponsible and unnecessary. We need to advance all-of-the above energy solutions that benefit all Americans.

“It’s unconscionable that the United States government still does not have a coherent energy strategy. I call upon the Obama Administration to work with states and Congress on developing sound energy policy. In turn, I will work with my Senate colleagues to harness our country’s abundance of energy in order to create American jobs, promote our national security, and lower energy costs for Georgia families.”

The Department of Interior’s announcement includes the following decisions:

  • Invites public comment on one potential lease sale late in the program for a portion of the Mid- and South Atlantic OCS, which includes areas offshore Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia
  • Designates portions of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off Alaska’s coast as off limits from consideration for future oil and gas leasing
  • Proposes two annual lease sales in the Western, Central, and the portion of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico that is not subject to Congressional moratoria.