By Daily Report Staff
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association has signed onto a letter with dozens of other industry trade organizations to urge President Joe Biden to visit domestic energy facilities ahead of his scheduled trip to Saudi Arabia next month, according to The Center Square.
“Before you board Air Force One for the Middle East, we hope you will consider taking another look at made-in-America energy,” the letter states. “We would be honored to show you how our industry is involved in every step of the energy process, from fuel pumps to critical product delivery infrastructure to production zones across our vast nation.”
LMOGA is among 28 oil and gas associations that urged Biden in a letter last Thursday to visit places like the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, the Gulf of Mexico, Texas’ Permian Basin and other key American energy-producing sites, “which together launched the American energy revolution that ended decades of U.S. energy scarcity and growing dependence on foreign governments.”
Biden is scheduled to travel to the Middle East in mid-July to discuss “ensuring global energy and food security” and other issues with various Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia.
The trip has drawn fierce criticism from Republican leaders in Congress who have relentlessly pointed to how the administration’s domestic energy policies are making life difficult for middle-class Americans.
“Biden, you do not need to go to Saudi Arabia to find a way to produce more energy. It’s right here in America!” U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, said in a recent news conference. “In fact, you can go less than 1,000 miles to Port Fourchon, Louisiana—in my district—the hub of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, where Biden shut down production on American lands, shut down American energy.”
Louisiana’s Republican U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves has also pushed legislation to prohibit federal funds spent on presidential travel to OPEC countries if the government doesn’t hold multiple oil and gas lease sales in the U.S. Read more.