Landrieu to Become Energy Committee Leader
Senator to focus on domestic energy, job creation
WASHINGTON — The United States Senate Democratic Caucus today voted to appoint U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., as the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It has been nearly 20 years since a Louisiana senator led this key committee that is responsible for energy and job creation policy for the United States. Read more about Sen. Landrieu’s strong domestic energy production record below. On Thursday, February 13, 2014, the U.S. Senate will take a formality vote on an organizational resolution, when Sen. Landrieu will officially take the helm of the committee.
“I am excited and honored to lead this committee that is so critical to Louisiana and the nation’s economic vitality, job creation and energy security. I’m humbled to be a part of the long list of pro-energy senators from both parties who have led this committee with strength, vision and distinction, including one of Louisiana’s finest, J. Bennett Johnston
“During the coming weeks and months, I will remain focused on moving an agenda forward that is inclusive, bipartisan and focused on the job creation that America needs and wants. Everything we do will be part of helping to build the middle class and expanding opportunities for entrepreneurs in the domestic energy sector. Increasing domestic energy production and fortifying and expanding the infrastructure that connects producers, refiners and consumers will help us achieve this goal.
“The industrial revolution and American ingenuity helped build the middle class in the last century. Today, we find ourselves in the midst of an energy revolution that has the potential to grow and expand the middle class in this century. New and exciting technologies allow us to locate, produce and capture a variety of energy sources with extraordinary efficiency are already creating more jobs, significant economic expansion in Louisiana, North Dakota, Alaska, Pennsylvania and in many places across the country.
“When we tap into energy here at home, we produce high-paying jobs right where we need them. These jobs pay the kind of wages and salaries that allow families to buy homes, save for the future and build wealth.
“As energy production on federal lands increases, we have a responsibility to promote policies that invest in local communities that host energy and other natural resources production. The federal government should extend the smart partnership that inland states currently enjoy to coastal states like Louisiana and other resource-rich states, like Alaska, to advance this energy revolution, manufacturing renaissance and job creation.
“I look forward to building on the work of Senator Wyden whose great patience and leadership will most certainly be an asset to the Finance Committee. I am excited for the opportunity to continue the strong partnership I have with my colleague and good friend, Senator Murkowski. Louisiana and Alaska share a natural friendship and values from our fisheries and energy production to great outdoors. I look forward to working with all the members of this committee to safely produce the energy America needs and promote strong trading alliances that will create good jobs and a prosperous future for our nation.”
STRONG DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION RECORD
During her time in the Senate, Sen. Landrieu has successfully advocated for and passed legislation that has increased domestic energy production, created jobs and put the United States on a path toward securing its energy independence. In 2006, she passed Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), which opened more than 8.3 million new acres for drilling in the Gulf. This is more than nearly any other senator has ever done to expand drilling and the first time in 25 years to allow for increased domestic energy production.
In 2010, Sen. Landrieu blocked the nomination of Jack Lew to lead the Office of Management and Budget until the Obama administration lifted its deep-water moratorium. It did.
Nearly three years ago, Sen. Landrieu wrote to the Obama Administration urging it to approve the construction of the Keystone Pipeline that is expected to create up to 43,000 good-paying jobs and provide additional work for refineries in Louisiana and Texas.
ESTABLISHED REVENUE SHARING FOR COASTAL STATES, FUNDING COASTAL RESTORATION
GOMESA also established revenue sharing for the energy producing in the Gulf of Mexico, returning 37.5 percent of the revenues they generate offshore. She has introduced bipartisan legislation, the FAIR Act, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the top Republican on the Senate Energy Committee, to lift the arbitrary $500 million cap and accelerate the payment date from 2017 to now.
In 2012, Congress passed the bipartisan RESTORE Act that Sen. Landrieu and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., authored to direct 80 percent of the BP oil spill fines back to five Gulf Coast states impacted from the spill for environmental and economic restoration.